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Matan Carnival

May 28, 2009

Its going to be a long weekend this week due to the public holiday which falls on Sunday, 31st (Anniversary of Brunei’s armed forces). As its a Sunday, Monday has been declared a holiday in lieu of Sunday.

Datanglah bersukaria, bawa keluarga biskita. Come & have fun, bring along your family.

Datanglah bersukaria, bawa keluarga biskita. Come & have fun, bring along your family.

Now what’s happening apart from the armed forces celebration? Lots! And people would say Brunei is boring with nothing to do. I leave that to the pessimists. Now, Kampong

Sungai Matan in Kota Batu, and its Consultative Council will be organizing its third carnival, called the ‘Karnival Matan 2009’ as from tomorrow, Friday 29 May untill Monday, 1 June 2009. Wow! The villagers there must be very energetic and active people to be able to organise such event for four straight days. Hats off to the Sungai Mataners.

During the four-day fun, there will be colouring competition for kids (always popular with parents and kids alike), a walkathon, tours (not free) around the village and the Brunei River, spotting wildlife (I must see this) and much more, says the organiser.

There will also be 40 (FORTY!) booths selling local products from the village and an exhibition showcasing the place as a fishing village. I love fish (and chocolate too – okays thats an odd combo).  

The tours I mentioned earlier are:

1. River Cruise along the Brunei River using a pontoon boat to see the villages along Mukim Kota Batu at B$15 per person for an hour ride; and

2. Wildlife Mangrove Safari at B$25 per person for a two-hour tour.

Kenali Negara Kitani. Whereabout is Kampong Sungai Matan? In Kota Batu.

Kenali Negara Kitani. Whereabout is Kampong Sungai Matan? In Kota Batu.

RTB, says the organiser, will cover the event; I assume on the first day so there’s a chance for you and your family to see your faces on the national Tv station. Now the best part is that a free stamp will be chopped on your KNK’s passport. KNK is Kenali Negara Kitani or Know Your Country, a campaign from the Brunei Tourism to boost tourism among the Bruneians.

So, dont forget to bring your (KNK) passport and your family, along with cash to enable you to go for the tour. Have fun! The location is Simpang 702, Jalan Kota Batu and the epicentre is the premises of the village’s head residence.

For more information about Kampong Sungai Matan, the village has its own blogspot at  www.kampongsungaimatan.blogspot.com

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