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Sabine, 17 September 2007
Brunei Brunei ,


2nd Week

Itís me again with my weekly update Wink

My second week here didnít start that good. When I checked my online bank statement from the ABN AMRO I saw that the B$ 500 (Ä 250) I withdraw the day before was taken off my account twice. So I had to ask a half day off to be able to go to the city centre and complain about that. But so far nothing happened. Since I am not in the office today but in our other branch at the city centre (river cruise) I went to the bank again this morning to ask if they can tell me anything new about where my money is. And I was told that on there records it was only charged once and that they can not help me further. So now I have to start all over again and complain with the ABN AMRO, which will probably take even longer. I am really curious if/when I get my money back.

On Thursday the Ramadan started and since that day is a public holiday all of our Muslim staff was off and we hardly had any drivers or tour guides left, so even people that normally work at the office had to be standby in case we need more guides or drivers. The Ramadan will last till the 13th of October and till then Muslims are not allowed to eat after sunrise and before sunset. They are not even allowed to drink anything during that time, which I think must be really hard especially with this climate here. Luckily the sun sets quite early here, (because we are so close to the equator) so around 18:20 everybody is allowed to eat again. That night I went out for dinner with a few colleagues and after that we all went to play pool. But first the manager of the Italian restaurant we went to introduced me to some other Germans. During our conversation I found out that the wife also worked for Sunshine for a while and she could totally understand why I donít like it there that much. So her husband offered me to use his contacts to try to get me a new placement, which would be really nice. Now I first have to wait and see if he is able to arrange something, I think he has quite some influence and knows a lot of people because he is the chief pilot of the sultan!!!

If he is not able to I will also be fine, because overall I like it here (but only after working hours and on the weekend). During office hours itís really frustrating. Since Sunshine is a family company itís hard to get a clear answer to a question. If you ask someone and then do it like he or she said a few minutes later somebody else will come around and will say ďwhy do you do it like thatď. There is really no structure in this company, itís so unorganised. And for the coming two weeks I will replace Sandra our sales and tour manager because she is on a holiday, but nobody really showed me what I have to do. I only got a quick crash courseĒ on Saturday on how everything works and what I need to do the next two weeks, but it was not really enough time to totally understand everything. So I am curious how this will work out. More about that next week!

After my meeting with ďthe bossĒ on Saturday the weekend finally started. Thatís always my favourite part of the week Wink We got picked up by a friend of Lisaís and he took us to the ďNight marketĒ where you can buy local food for only B$ 1 (Ä 0.50). After that we went (with all our food) to the city centre and had to wait till 18:20 before we could start eating (because Lisaís friend is a Muslim) After our nice dinner the three of us took a water taxi to go to Gadong (which is the shopping/entertainment area) After a few difficulties (our water taxi got stuck in the river because the water was to low) we finally arrived there and went to the cinema to see ďHairsprayĒ (which is a really stupid movie btw.)

On Sunday Lisa went diving again, so Heidi and I slept in and then we went to Gadong to do some groceries and buy a few more DVDís  On our way home we stopped by at the Night market again to buy our food for dinner. Afterwards we had to walk home, since we still donít have bikes and have to walk everywhere. Thatís really annoying because we live in the middle of nowhere so itís always quite far to get somewhere. Gadong is like 30min and Bandar (the city centre) is like 50 minutes. But I never walked there only to Gadong. I really miss my car here, especially because the gas is so cheap. 1l is only B$ 0.53 (Ä 0.27), itís hard to imagine, isnít it?

Till next week then,

Bye x Sabine

P.S.: I finally found a shop where I can put my pictures from my memory card on CD without having to develop all of them. For all of you who use studivz or hyves there are more pictures online now. Unfortunately I am not able to upload more than 10 on this site. I donít really know why, so if somebody knows, please tell me!!

P.P.S Thanks to everyone for all the messages, I really appreciate it!!

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Sanne

17 September 2007

Hey Sabine,
If you want to add more photos on this site you have to pay. That's why. You can find it somewhere on the whereareyou.net/admin I guess..

Good luck!

Christina

17 September 2007

Kommt mir alles ein bisschen bekannt vor, was du so schreibst. Ist schon etwas unorganisiert dort drüben. Und ich glaub ich kenn den Piloten. Die waren immer in Country Club. Oder es war sein Vorgänger Smile
Warst du schon mal im Empire Hotel?

Ute Sann

21 September 2007

Danke für die Postkarte. So "Hochglanz" sieht alles ganz toll aus. Bin schon auf Deine nächsten Bilder gespannt.

Morgen ist Kartoffelbraten. Wir essen eine auf Dich mit.

Gruß von Walter

Ute

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