If you have never heard of Brunei having its own street directory or if the last Brunei Darussalam's Street Directory copy that you have still have the photograph of our Deputy Minister, Dato Dr Mat Suny when he was the Deputy MD of BSP, then you are really in need of a new one.
Or have you heard of Jalan Dakula, named after the son of Sultan Abdul Mubin who was taken to Sulu and came back to seek the throne, or Jalan Belangkas which is the translation of that interesting sea creature Horse Shoe Crab, or Jalan Kalamasi which I have alwayst thought meant lime orange in Tagalog after the word Kalamansi or Jalan Keshav Tamang, which I am sure many readers would love to know who he is - the point is if you want to know about where all these places are, look it up at the new Brunei Darussalam Street Directory which contains all the road maps for the urban areas of Brunei Darussalam.
This book was launched yesterday and became the country's second street directory book. The previous one was published by Brunei Shell twelve years ago. This current edition is published by Brunei Press with the cooperation of Survey Department and Universiti Brunei Darussalam. The cartographer for this directory is actually an Australian-Polish cartographer who is a Senior Lecturer at the Geograpy Department at UBD by the name of Dr. Kazimierz Becek. He actually went through every single simpang in Brunei with a GPS to certify the existence and location of them.
The publication I have been told by Brunei Press people during the launch yesterday cost twice more than the selling price. They made enough from the adverts and that's why the directory is being sold for $14.90 from today onwards (we got it for a 10% discount yesterday). I really would go out there and get a copy. In fact, get several copies and put them in your many cars. That way when you and the wife or the husband go out to Kampong Mentiri for a wedding, you would know where Jalan A or B or C or D is, or if you go to Rimba or Lambak Kanan, you would know that Jalan 99 can be found in both settlements.