Friday, March 16, 2012

Revisiting Jerudong Playground




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This is a long overdue post of our recent travel in Brunei Darussalam.  Last December, Ivan had 2-week holiday from school and I think that was the best opportunity for us to visit his daddy. I requested as well a one-week absent from his teacher so as not to spoil the fun.  Also airfare is much lesser if we'll travel back second week of January.

We've been  to Brunei several times, were my husband is working for about 8 years now.  Yes! half of our married life, we're separated from each other.  To make it up for everything, other than his yearly home vacation to the Philippines, I used to go there alone.  When we had our son Ivan, those visits became family bonding time.

Other than wifey duties like cleaning the house, cooking and doing the laundry, we always visit Jerudong Playground which is just a stone throw away from the staff house.  

The magnificent "Crystal Arch" stands as a majestic sentry just across the Playground entrance.  It has become one of Brunei's most recognizable icons.  Weighing 7 tons, it is the largest known diamond replica in the world.


Jerudong Playground is an amusement park in Brunei Darussalam. It is the largest and most expensive amusement park in South East Asia, built and funded by the Bruneian government for $1 billion. In its early years of operation. it has no admission fees and rides are all free, you just need to queue up. But today, the management introduced a ticket card system.  Admission is free but guests need to purchase ticket to be able to enjoy the rides and its other attractions. Ticket costs B$8 (4 + 1 free rides) and B$10 (5 + 3 free rides). The ride operator will punch a hole to the ticket using a puncher just like those being used by bus conductors. Such to monitor, how many rides are already taken.



The playground only operates late afternoon onwards. Sunday,  Wednesday, Thursday, 4:00pm - 10:00pm; Friday & Saturday, 5:00pm - 11:00pm.  Mondays and Tuesdays, it is close.

Train Ride, Caterpillar Rice, Paddle Boat, Spin Zone
The big rides that they used to have were already sold.  What's left and available attractions now are mostly kiddie rides.


The last time we were here was in 2010 and Ivan was then more than 1 yr old.  Now that he is 3, he enjoys the Playground more.  Actually we're here almost everyday.  Most of the time, he'll go with his daddy off to work and I'll just pick him up later in the evening.

SupaKart, Shooting Gallery, Giant Carousel
December was school holiday in Brunei, therefore you can actually find the Playground full of guests. But other days except weekends, there will only be few visitors especially if its raining.

This is the Royal Buggy, for exclusive use of members of the Brunei Royal Family when they do visit the Playground.  The Royal princes are actually fond of visiting here, accordingly.  Daddy was lucky enough to meet them during those visits.

How I wish we can extend our vacation or just stay here permanently, but Ivan needs to go back to school.  I do promised him we'll come back and visit daddy again and go to Playground everyday (again!) if he'll do good in school.  He replied to me, "yes mommy, I am very good very good in school, I am the winner".

Ivan is the winner in our hearts and daddy and I do work very hard just to give him the best we can.  

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23 comments:

  1. such a sweet family!! the photos looks so fun!! i have a daughter as well and soon to be enrolled in the school so were trying our best as well to travels while we have a lot of free time! xx

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    1. Thanks MaryJane. I really prioritized this trip and took advantage of school's Christmas break. Traveling with a kid is exhausting but to see them enjoy is worth it.

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  2. we're supposed to go here as side trip nung nagpunta kami kota kinabalu kaso kulang kami sa time, medyo matagal din travel time. =) sis, don't know where to send message but i'm instered sa mystery shopping. here's my email: ellehcimcarlos@yahoo.com

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    1. email ko sa 'yo info sis, thanks for dropping by.

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  3. I wanted to go to Jerudong but it was closed when we went to Brunei maybe next time we will be able to go when it is open.

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    1. its closed mondays and tuesdays; you also need to go there late afternoon 'coz its also close day time. Just prepare for long walk around, or hire a buggy.

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  4. wow! family bonding!
    Ivan must be a totter of happiness to both of you!
    must be hard going back and forth, but then it all worth it if its a sacrifice for the future!

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    1. Agree Francis!!! whenever there's opportunity for us to bond as a family, we take advantage. Thanks!

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  5. Ivan looked so happy Mommy Gi. God bless your family! :)

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  6. @Mommy Glaiza thanks for dropping-by mommy Glai

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  7. Gusto ko rn pumunta jan..soon..hehe

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  8. What other tourist spots are there in Brunei?

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  9. What are the other tourist destinations there in Brunei worth visiting?

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  10. we plan to visit brunei this may. we're going to kota kinabalu and it's just a ferry away. but nothing is set in stone as we only have five days to spend in kk and i'm pretty sure we won't be able to cover all the attractions there. but still hoping we get to visit brunei.

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    1. or you can take land trip (5 hours) from KK-Brunei, ok din cya 'coz you get to see more places. Along the way there are lots of fruits you can buy, that is, if you are fond of durian, "mas mura" dito.

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  11. anlaki ng playground. adult size!

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  12. Awww! You're son is adorable! Oh, and I also have one question.. why not work in brunei with your husband?

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    1. thanks Ms. Mai!!!

      hubby won't allow me to go back full time work for now 'coz of our son. I also used to work in Brunei. Maybe when our son's grew up more, we'll decide if I should work again.

      Thanks for dropping by again.

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  13. NICE amusement park.
    The experience is more memorable
    with FAMILY around. HAPPINESS...
    just overwhelming!

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  14. nice to be back in this link!
    Hows the family adventure?
    Feels good to go on trip with your loved one's!

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    1. I agree!!! years back I usually went around the park with friends, now its usually with my son.

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  15. The family that travels together stays together!

    Jerudong Park is one of the common destination of Filipinos who travel to Brunei. We were not able to go to Jerudong because we opted to go to Labuan. I wish we could also enjoy Jerudong next time around.

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    1. I am hoping to go there too! Isn't it expensive to travel in Brunei?

      I am old but still enjoy going to theme parks! Brings back the kid in me. :D

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