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Brunei’s guardians at the gate

March 9, 2009

Here is a small story I’d like to share with you.

Tucked next to a what looks like a parking lot, in Brunei’s capital – Bandar Seri Begawan, is a small Chinese Buddhist Temple. Sitting just inside the temple gates are its guardians in the form of dragons. In some countries these guardians come in the shape of serpents, but in this temple, dragons have historically been the symbol. Up until recently that is.

by Cate

by Cate

Being in a predominately Islamic nation, the Chinese temple is special to those who worship here, but there is another reason for its attraction. It appears to have recruited a new guardian symbol, a pair of living and breathing guardians. Their mission – to keep camera wheeling travellers at bay.

I encountered these guardians on a rainy monsoon morning, although they gave the illusion of being your friend, they had a hidden agenda. Once you got to know these anti camera tyrants, they turned on you.  Trouble with a capital T was written all over their faces. And trouble is what they gave me.

Trouble one:

by Cate

by Cate

While Trouble one was posing for this shot, Trouble two, was moving in towards the bag.

by Cate

by Cate

Patiently they waited for that opportunity to attack.

by Cate

by Cate

These furry little bundles of deceit kept coming at me. Tongue and teeth being their preferred choice of weapon.

by Cate

by Cate

And they succeeded in their mission. When I realised that it was impossible to shoot the inside of this quaint temple, the tyrants simply wandered off, leaving me to limp out the gate to a quiet place. Where I could lick my wounds in peace.

My only consolation was a very small glimpse of the tiger at the gate.

by Cate

by Cate

I know most of you will be going ahhh and ohhh, but consider this: these tyrants have teeth, sharp teeth.

Caffeinated Traveller

  1. Bear permalink
    March 9, 2009 3:06 pm

    … and they are cleverly disguised as cute puppies! LOL Thx 🙂

  2. ☆☆ Martinha ☆☆ permalink
    March 10, 2009 12:13 pm

    Nice blog..
    ☆ Martinha ☆

  3. March 11, 2009 4:33 am

    the image of the tiger – is that made on tile? It reminds me of a picture I saw made completely out of feathers years ago in Calgary.

  4. March 11, 2009 5:10 am

    Bear – cute never!

    Martinha – thanks

    PB – that would have been a nice picture, out of feathers. This tiger is on tile.
    Quite nice I thought.

  5. anninateatime permalink
    March 11, 2009 11:30 pm

    Aaw! Puppies!
    Cute – oh yes, Cate.

  6. March 12, 2009 9:22 am

    You really get hurt?

  7. Cate permalink
    March 12, 2009 9:53 am

    Just a little on the thighs Ching. The dogs teeth are very sharp like needles.

  8. April 4, 2009 11:32 am

    but the 2 trouble’s look very cute! sad u couldnt go into the temple though.

    v. nice photo of the banana’s and the fruit seller in the previous post.

    • April 5, 2009 10:20 am

      Very cute pups. Thanks for your comments.

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