Tuesday, July 15, 2008

The quirk about this public holiday...

Today is the 62nd birthday of His Majesty the Sultan and Dipertuan Negara Brunei Darussalam and it is a public holiday here in Brunei.

It must have been quite a weird past few days for those people working for the Government. Since Friday, they had an alternating off and on workday pattern. Weekends for the government staff consist of Friday and Sunday, so they have had this: Friday - off, Saturday - work, Sunday - off, Monday - work and Tuesday - off. Then they would work again on Wednesday and Thursday before their weekend starts again. It is not too bad for us, who are working in the private sector, we had our normal Saturday-Sunday weekend and the normal working days, punctuated with this public holiday.

During this public holiday, no one, including foreign workers who form a large proportion of contract workers in Brunei, is allowed to work. As a result, the town is full of them (no, I am not being xenophobic!). See this post in Shimworld as a proof.

Follow HM's birthday celebration here.

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