The Islamic Swimsuit

Hei, what do you know? An Islamic swimsuit. This is designed by a Turkish and was described by Western media as a throwback to the type of swimwear before the advent of the one piece of swimwear where a swimmer was actually arrested in 1907 for showing her arms, legs and neck. This Islamic swimsuit looks more like body hugging very colourful tracksuits. More than 40,000 swimsuits were sold last year for about US$97 each.

Will we see this on Brunei beaches?

I have to admit that I don't go to the Brunei beaches that much. My experiences tend to be limited to the odd holidays that I take at the Empire and so may not count. But from my extremely limited experiences, I can see that the two piece bikinis are the more common form of beachwear for non-Bruneian ladies though Bruneian ladies I noticed seemed to prefer the one piece swimsuit. Though I also noticed a great many jumped into the water with their t-shirts and sweat pants, so I guess there are still many who are modest enough not to wear swimsuits. I have a friend who said this is because many (his words not mine) Brunei ladies tend to be generously shaped. I will not go into that unless I like to see my comment boxes filled up with indignant comments.

Interestingly enough even when the bikini (named after the Bikini Atolls where the Americans did their atomic bomb practises) was first introduced in 1946, the Vatican continued to ban it from being worn in Catholic countries until as recently as 1967. Even in 1906, European ladies were still very modest in their swimwear. It wasn't until the revolution of the 1960s and 1970s did the wearing of bikinis became the norm in Western beaches. Today fears over skin cancer as well as the changing use of the beach as a place for sport, rather than for tanning, means being too tanned is no longer considered chic and that covered up is so much better health wise.

One writer wrote recently, I can't remember whether on HYS or Borneo Bulletin about the need to have separate beaches for ladies and men. It does beg the question how far do we want to go with the MIB concept. Today the beaches, tomorrow? The British civil service has a term for it - the thin edge of the wedge. Once the thin end goes in, the whole wedge may go in as well.

I was trawling around technorati just to find out who else has been linking to this site when I stumbled that this site has been nominated for the Best 'Rest of Asia' Blog category by the The Asia Blog Awards for Q1 of 2006/2007 (the final awards only in 2007). Out of the seven sites, four are from Brunei and with the exception of, the other 2 Bruneians are already included in my list of better brunei bloggers. The other three are from East Timor, Mongolia and Central Asia (but written by an American).

Nominees for Best 'Rest of Asia' Blog Category Q1 2006/2007:
As for me, I am quite surprised that this blogsite which started nothing more than as a place for me to tell everyone about what new materials I have put up on my main website have now become a site of its own rights rivalling my main website. I have to thank both LSM and Maurina who encouraged me to move to blogspot from spaces and to Ranz for the first major plug which moved this blogsite into a different orbit altogether. As Maurina says 'vote for her' but she says if you can't, then vote for all the other Brunei sites. I am not saying vote for me (the voting closes already) but we have to admire that 4 out of those 7 are Bruneians. So for all Brunei bloggers out there, this is only Q1 and there are 3 more Qs to go through. So the field is still wide open for everyone to participate and make Brunei proud.


Anonymous said…
Ling, the poll has not started yet!!! Not closed! So YES, I hope one of us Bruneian Bloggers wins. Because, NEXT YEAR, I want Bruneians to have a separate category intead of mrerly being "the rest of Asia". Kesian!!!

So yes people, VOTE FOR BRUBLOGS. (When the time comes of course)
really? must be my tired old ancient eyes. well, hope one of you youngsters win. I am too old for all this thing. one of my colleague said i must be off my rocker for even setting up a blogsite at my age. :)
Anonymous said…
Dear MrBR,

Congrats for those Bruneians !. U r not to old, come on ! I really salute u for sharing information & knowledge here, both at the blogsite and website. Sure its not a waste all that experiences and exposures that u have obtained so far.

I always believe there are a lot of Bruneian with outstanding skills and expertise out there. Unfortunately they are either under the wrong people who did not give them chances to show what they have or ...... or even if they were given chances they were just being taken for granted.

I love brunei beaches. I have been to beaches in other countries like England, Bali and Australia, but cant beat the beauty of our beaches.

P/s : I believe what the writer one was a separate swimming pool not beaches. But I think the best way is to have a specific day or time for ladies only as it may be costly to build another swimming pool.
G-`FerRo said…
.. hei .... well done .. whatever .. or whoever it is ... Congrats!

.. eeer.. what are the prizes btw? hehe
Anonymous said…
rose said…
how to vote??

and wahh ada rupanya swimsuit mcm atu... looks nice tapi mcm nda siuk haha.. cos too much material to peel off ur body after swimming.. thats a hassle eh..

and pls dont quit blogging.. there r soo much dat we dont know about brunei.. its much more fun to read it here than to read it in the library hihi.. cos u tend to give a very thorough n carefully researched and well-illustrated n carefully dissected (sp?)info.

thanks :)

p/s: d word verification is annoying tho.. why did u switch it on neways?
Nonnie King said…
I'm sure to vote for you and Maurina! Btw, each person can have how many votes?
To honeybee: i am not exactly spring chicken. thanks for thinking i am young. sure made my day! :)

To g-ferro: no idea. if you go to the asia blog awards, they never mention a prize. i hope one of the others who will win will let us know what prizes they have won.

To rose: the word verification was to prevent spam. i switched it off now and will monitor it again. if the spam comments come again, i have to switch the verification back on.

To nonnie: (I sure wish I had your surname!) - i have no idea how to vote and let alone how many votes are allowed per person. click on the link on my post and see what you can find.
rose said…
yea ill vote for u as well.. and its ok if u wanna switch on the word verification thingy ya. :)
Anonymous said…
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Anonymous said…
If you want something stylish check out
I love them I have 4 swimsuits and mix and match
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