Brunei: Chop Jing Chew (Coffee Shop), since 1946
After some hugs-hugs and goodbyes, we finally stepped into the Labuan International Ferry Terminal, smoothly passed through the check points and heading to the ferry that will take us to Brunei Darussalam. We were told that it would be an hour journey. Blue skies and everything nice, I looked forward to a wonderful day ahead!
Yes, goodbye Labuan, hello Brunei… soon… gotta turn right to board the ferry first lah!
Roll, roll, roll, all of us pulled our luggage to catch the ferry! Quick!
Eh? How come only three of us? Where is dear cousin?
Then I saw her running with her luggage to board the ferry!
“I took the wrong turn!!” Pant, pant!
“I got into another ferry and when I could not see the 3 of you,
I quickly get out! Phew!” Pant, pant!
Wow! Really lost and found lei!
A few minutes after the ferry started,
the conductor made a trip down the aisle to pass us the Brunei’s immigration form.
Just when I wanted to take out my pen to complete my form,
two books of passport got onto my face!
“LG, please complete our forms for us.”
Before I can say no, dear buddy who was sitting beside me, passed me her book too!
Aiyah, why lah you gals cannot complete your own forms one??!
That form filling really kept me busy!
Hah? Reached already ah???
Dear cousin found it cumbersome to take out her DSLR to take pictures so I had to use my Pentax lor.
Blur blur like this also better than none, right?
Their Bahasa Melayu is almost the same as our Bahasa Malaysia!
My passport became foreign here.
Guess it was okay coz the queue was shorter. Hehe.
We walked out of Serasa Passenger Ferry Terminal, Brunei Darussalam
and found taxi drivers haggling fares with potential customers. Err, that included us lah.
Dear Labuan friend insisted that we could wait for the bus!
See! Two giant bags, one medium size and 1 small luggage.
Sure you still want to take a bus ah??
Should we reconsider hah?
This is Uncle Jun.
He tried asking us if we wanted a taxi and when we ignored him,
he sat with some locals for some chats.
After a few minutes, I walked up to him to check his fare and he said,
“I thought you are from China.”
What?! Hahaha! That broke the ice alright!
I had to walk to (him) and fro (the 3 ladies) before striking a deal with him!
Hard labour man! Ahem!
Let’s put it this way, if he was driving a sedan car, there would be no deal!
A MPV was a different story lah!
After loading four of us and four of our bags, there was still extra space.
It must be Uncle Jun’s habit to have tea time.
Before long, after we got into his car, he said,
“Do you want to go for tea now?
Let me take you to the most famous coffee shop here!
Jing Chew serves the best buns!”
Almost immediately he got a big ‘Yes’ from all of us!
Silently, I was wondering if it was for real that we stumbled into such a nice guy!
Hey, we were in a foreign land, okay?!
Must be careful with strangers mah….
It was for real!
This place was packed!
Muslims and non Muslims sitting together for tea and chats.
What a harmonious sight indeed!
Chop Jing Chew, since 1946
(Kedai Kopi Pulau Kayangan)
Hot Bun On Tea Time
Simpang 5, No.10 Jalan Gadong
Tel: 2424132, 2448660
Their menu board on the wall.
So, they don’t only serve buns huh?
We were creating so much commotion that the big boss also came out to see what was going on.
The founder, Chop Jing Chew (the senior gentleman in the centre),
in his eighties stood proud with his “muhibbah” staff for our photo taking.
We had a wonderful tea break here, thanks to Uncle Jun.
If he did not bring us here, we may never knew this place.
His thoughtful action made us appoint him as our official driver cum guide for the rest of our Brunei visit.
Good strategy, Uncle!
So, Uncle Jun, where are we going next???