How is Brunei? – Ostentation, social control and petrol welfare

Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei – July 17, 2015: Façade of Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque at sunset. The mosque unites Mughal architecture and Malay styles. It’s built in an artificial lagoon on the banks of the Brunei River at Kampong Ayer.

I wasn't expecting much from the country when I arrived. My intention was to cross the northern part of Malay Borneo following the course of the rivers, from the very East part of the island to Kuching. And Brunei was there, halfway. I took a look at how was and what the country had to …