The abode of peace

May 2009. The muezzin’s call to prayer reverberated throughout the city center. My ignorance of Arabic forced me to concentrate on his pitch. The resonance of the vibrato synchronized with each syllable uttered. The high notes sent chills down my spine. It was a welcome sensation. The oppressive humidity of Brunei had me scrambling for …

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Red, blue and green passports

May 2009. The ferry boat traversed the waters between Labuan and Brunei in quick fashion, taking about an hour to reach Muara. The excitement over reaching a new country was tempered by the headache I had developed by watching High School Musical on board. The motor cut-off as soon as the vessel was tied to …

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