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Sabine, 7 November 2007
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Finally a car

The most important thing that happened last week was that Heidi and I finally got our rental car. We were already trying to rent one for almost three weeks, but like everything in Asia it takes timeWink We already have the car for almost a week now and we already got so used to it. Its just great to be able to go wherever you want, whenever you want to. Before you always had to rely on people, which after a while gets quite annoying.

Besides being independent I was also quite busy the last couple of days. I got a call from the German embassy, who invited me to come to the German national day celebration, which was hosted at the Empire. So Heidi and I went there last week and enjoyed all the different kinds of German food they offered.

During the weekend there was again an open house. Even though Hari Raya is already over for 3 weeks, people still celebrate it. On Sunday we got invited to join the wedding from Hafiza (one of our colleagues from PR). It was not the official wedding, more like the reception. But it was nice to experience that once, even tough it was so different to what I am used to from Germany. The biggest difference is that includes way more people and it also lasts around 3 days. And in Hafizas case she was not wearing white but gold, also her husband was completely golden Wink In my opinion the newlyweds can not really enjoy the days at all, because they have to pose for pictures most of the time.

Since Monday there is a really high security at the hotel. There is police everywhere. Every morning when you enter you have to pass a security checkpoint which will scan the things you bring etc. The reason for that is the fact that the ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Transnational Crime is taking place at the Empire. For all those who dont know what ASEAN is, here is a short explanation. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations, commonly referred to as ASEAN, is a geo-political and economic organization of 10 countries located in Southeast Asia. Luckily that meeting is over by tomorrow, then everything goes back to normal again.

On Monday there was another farewell reception, this time for Brad, the manager of the country club. It is getting quite normal to have one of those receptions, since so many people are leaving the hotel, because they dont like the new management. By the end of the month 3 more people from our Sales & Marketing department are going to quit, Jennifer (Vice President of PR & Marketing), Olivia (Manager Global Sales) and Azlan (chief graphic designer). But nevertheless there are also new people coming in. In the beginning of the week a new cook, Simon from Switzerland, arrived and he will move in with Sascha who is living next to us. And next month there is also a German girl coming, so it gets more and more European around here Wink

Yesterday we finally managed to find an affordable gym with pool. Because with all the fatty food they have here and no exercise at all, we had to do something. Wink We were already thinking about going to one for quite some time, but the one we found was just too expensive. Then one of our colleagues told us about the one she is going to and if you work for the Empire you can get a special rate of only B$ 50 per month, which is quite cheap.

I will go back to work now, because we have another assignment for which we have to do a golf resort pricing survey for South-East Asia, so the Empire can adjust their prices to their competitors. And starting next week we will have to do some surveys with hotel guest from different countries to find out how they book and why they come to Brunei. So there is always something to do.

Talk to you next week!

Bye x Sabine

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7 November 2007

Christiane Aspen

25 November 2007


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