Recently a group of us were contacted by Toursim Brunei to try out the many new #GoTemburong packages which was recently launched to promote Temburong to Bruneians as an alternative to traveling overseas for their holiday. You can see more of the packages here, the one I am assigned to is the 'Glamping Experience' below

The day started early, I had to be at the 'boat station' by 9am. Going by boat - notoriously known as the Flying Coffin -  to Temburong is an experience itself. Don't worry, despite the nickname it is perfectly safe as the boat drivers are really experienced and knows the waterways well. 

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I was grouped with Dj Anthony from KRISTAL fm. Together with us were also some visitors from Europe.

Ready to go!

Ready to go!

It was a beautiful hot day

It was a beautiful hot day

Approaching Bangar.

Approaching Bangar.

Touchdown Bangar. #GoTemburong #DiscoverBrunei #giwbrunei #brunei #temburong #giwtravels

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From the boat, we need to hop on the bus for a half an hour ride to the river bank where our next boat will take us up to Ulu Ulu Resort. The program has been switched so I'm told we'll only be at Sumbiling Eco Resorts the next day. 

But before making our way, our guide Richard (from Sunshine Borneo Tours) took us on short stop to the Temburong market where we were shown some of the local delicacies and products that can be found there. This is also the place where you'll find the Udang Galah Burger.

Liyana went a week before us and had a chance to get some "work experience" in making the burger. Here is she is pretending to be busy attending to the orders.

Anyway, after the market we took a short trip by bus to a location where our boats (called Temuai) are ready to take us to Ulu Ulu Resort.

After a 20 mins exhilarating ride up river, we finally reached our destination, Ulu Ulu Resort.  

Ulu Ulu National Park Resort was established in November 2008 with the privatization of the facilities in Ulu Temburong National Park under the authority of the Forestry Department. This is a historical milestone in Brunei tourism as this is the first Public-Private Partnership (PPP) between a private sector and the Government of Brunei. “Ulu” in Brunei Malay language means remote or far away. Ulu Ulu Resort is the only remote destination in the whole country and is equipped with a good range of facilities.  Source: Ulu Ulu National Park Resort website

Ulu Ulu National Park Resort was established in November 2008 with the privatization of the facilities in Ulu Temburong National Park under the authority of the Forestry Department. This is a historical milestone in Brunei tourism as this is the first Public-Private Partnership (PPP) between a private sector and the Government of Brunei.

“Ulu” in Brunei Malay language means remote or far away. Ulu Ulu Resort is the only remote destination in the whole country and is equipped with a good range of facilities. 

Source: Ulu Ulu National Park Resort website

Upon arrival, we were guided to our room and were given time to rest before lunch. The vibe is around Ulu Ulu is pure chill, if you need to step back from the hustle and bustle, there's no better place to go. Simply all around therapeutic.

Isn't that blissful? Just the pure sight and sound of nature. After lunch, we rested for a bit before we went for our water-fun activity. First up is canoeing.

The part of the river where we were canoeing was really shallow, so we decided to get off our canoe and walked around instead and had a stone skimming contest. Next up, tubing!

Tubing was totally fun but exhausting. We were given time to freshen up and rest while waiting for dinner. 

Dinner was pretty awesome!

Dinner was pretty awesome!

For enquiries, simply contact them via email or better yetjust call direct.

For enquiries, simply contact them via email or better yetjust call direct.

The final part of the itinerary was supposed to be jungle night trekking but due to the rain it was cancelled as there also won't be much to see as the animals and insects will go into hiding. We were told to rest as we need to be awake by 5 am for the canopy walk.  So we called it a night and hoped that we are fully recharged for the tomorrow's activity. Below as my Vlog (my first ever!) about it.

My first ever Vlog! Read my blog entry about this adventure here http://www.geekinwhite.com/travels/2016/11/25/gotemburong-day-1 Video shot with the LG G5.

------- End of Day 1 -------

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Recently back in September this year, Brunei Tourism launched the Temburong Holiday Packages. It is not only to cater for families, it is also to attract honeymooners such as staying overnight at luxurious Ulu-Ulu Resort. This include a selection of adventure activities such as kayaking, flying fox, jungle trekking, as well as cultural activities such as a visit to the traditional longhouse whereby visitors will get the chance to meet and greet the 'Tuai Rumah'. So whether you like to be adventurous, cultural or maybe a much laid-back one, you've got plenty to choose from. All you need to is to contact the respective operators to make your bookings.

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Check-out: Swiss-Bel Inn Hotel. The first of the many early morning calls. We were gathered at the lobby by 545 am, half asleep but all eager to go.

Breakfast was on-the-go. The first of the many meal-in-a-box. This is breakfast Indonesian style.

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Another first of the many Garuda Indonesia flights on this #TripOfWonders

And guess who was on our flight? Marcell!

After 2hrs 25mins, we arrived in Makassar. 

After about half an hour, we reached our first stop in Makassar, Bantimurung Waterpark. The park is located in the Masros Regency, 50 km north of Makassar. The main attraction is the waterfall with 2 caves, one 1 km long and the other known as the stone cave.

It was the weekend, so naturally there were a lot of people. Schools doing their field trips and families having their weekend picnics. 

Make sure you explore the caves when you're in Bantimurung. It is quite spacious and won't make you feel claustrophobic..

After 3 hours or so, we made our way back to the 2nd hotel of the trip. 

After a long shower and a little rest, it was dinner time at RM Bahari. 

And Bruneians being Bruneians, Maurina and I made our way to largest mall in Makassar, Transmall Makassar. We also dragged Sarah and Jelito along. And that's the story of Day 1. Tomorrow, off to the islands.

-- Continue to Day 2 --

A month before my trip to Singapore for Taylor Swift's 1989 concert (oh yes I did, story on a different post later!), I was looking for a fun/convenient place to stay along Orchard Road (of course!). And when I read about Hotel Jen Orchardgateway from Rano's post, my choice was made. And after a couple of emails, my room was confirmed. YASSS!

Photo by: Hotel Jen Orchardgateway. Location on Google Map.

Photo by: Hotel Jen Orchardgateway. Location on Google Map.

Bruneians who've been to Singapore will be familiar with 313 @ Somerset on Orchard Road. It houses the likes of Uniqlo, Zara, Muji, Forever 21 and so on. Hotel Jen Orchardgateway (HJOG) is located at the very same building, 10 floors up. So if shopping is in your mind, you couldn't have picked a better spot. 

As I exit the taxi, I'm greeted by this a very huge chair. That seat part is about my height so it does take an effort if you wanna sit on it for a photo (like this). You are at your own risk tho, the HJOG will not be responsible for any injuries. At HJOG, they do not have any porters for your luggage, so you're welcome to use the trolleys provided. And those bicycles, they're free for use too.

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While there is a reception at the ground level, you will need to take the lift to the 10th floor for check-in. All is done via a tablet, no papers to sign at all. Even when you check-out. Now that already impressed me and I haven't seen my room yet! If you've booked yourself their Club Room, check-in is a bit more exclusive on the 19th floor at the Club Lounge. My arrival was met by Elsa, the Asst DIgital Marketing Manager who briefed me more about the HJOG concept. I was then shown to my room after we set a time to meet up for dinner at the main eating hall at the hotel.

My Club Room was on the 18th floor. I've seen it online of course but nothing beats the real thing. SImple but elegant in a chic kinda way. The view was pretty amazing too albeit a little bit hazy. 

After checking out my room, I quickly freshen-up and went to the 19th floor to see for myself their rooftop pool and lounge - Baywatch @ Jen. And I'm happy to say, it is as lovely as it looks online, if not better. The view is just amazing to say the least.

There is even massage services you can book during the day as you relax at the poolside cabana. If you've got kids, there's also quite big specially for them. If you intend to do nothing, this is the spot for it.

Lounge @ Jen - a place to just chill with your favorite cup of beverage, light snacks and tapas too. In the evening, they even have a Dj that spins chill out, loung-ish and groovy oldskool tunes too. See more info about their Happy Hour and Ladies Night specials here.

After the mini exploration, I stepped out to catch James Bond: Spectre on IMAX at Shaw Lido. Did I enjoy it? Well.. I find it all rather tame and cliche. Quite disappointing, not as dark as Skyfall was. Anyway, more on Jen. It's for dinner ar Makan @ Jen with Elsa.

Food, glorious food! I was also treated to their chef's specialties, the Mee Laksa and also Laksa Fried RIce. Definitely a must if you're into Laksa. Needless to say I was totally stuffed from all the good food. As for desserts, they've got a variety of cakes and ice cream.

For Club Room guest, you will have access to the Club Lounge on the 19th floor. An exclusive and more private area for you just to unwind or catch up on some work stuff. The breathtaking views of the Singapore skyline, Orchard Road or Somerset Road is calming and magnificent. You'll be spoiled with a generous buffet and high-speed WIFI! A great place for breakfast and evening drinks while you watch the sunset. 

Breakfast with a view.

Breakfast with a view.

The interactive digital display that gives you all sorts of info about the HJOG and things to do in Singapore. You can even check the latest flight schedules and send a postcard too. Very innovative. Photo by Rano.

The interactive digital display that gives you all sorts of info about the HJOG and things to do in Singapore. You can even check the latest flight schedules and send a postcard too. Very innovative. Photo by Rano.

The Baywatch at Jen is a great place to have some drinks and enjoy the night views of the Singapore skyline.

The Baywatch at Jen is a great place to have some drinks and enjoy the night views of the Singapore skyline.

Hotel Jen Orchardgateway is definitely a place I wanna come back too the next time in Singapore. The excellent service, facilities and location makes it really value for money. It is under the Shangri-La hotel group, so you know it's quality all around. Their 26 Hours A Day Weekend stay is also something that you should take advantage off, read more of that here.

Thank you Elsa and HJOG for hosting my stay. I had a really wonderful time staying with Jen.

Follow Hotel Jen Orchardgateway online;

Instagram: @hoteljenog | Facebook: HotelJenOrchardgatewaySingapore | Twitter:  @HotelJenOG | Website: www.hoteljen.com

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