about focusing solely on profit margins, given that the affluent country offers free medical care and education through the university level.
Even the McDonald’s fastfood restaurant, the only one in Brunei, had a leisurely pace. It took about 15 minutes to get a hamburger.
However, the longer I stayed in Brunei, the more I appreciated the less-then-frenzied approach.
I was annoyed at first that every bus I planned to take appeared only about once an hour. Then it took another 45 minutes to finish the trip, which would have taken only 15 minutes by car.
But during the journey, the minibus driver brought almost everyone to their front door, just like a taxi, which meant that this cheapest form of transportation, costing B$1 (80 US cents), had to take many detours.
The ticket seller also remembered every passenger’s destination and reminded his passengers — mainly tourists and migrant workers — to get off in time. It may have been slow, but it was courteous and efficient.
“The bus is time-consuming but sweet,” said Jones Mensah, a Ghanaian studying economics at the University of Brunei Darussalam.
“I like Brunei, but I won’t work here after graduation. I am young and I want to go out, and venture into the world first,” the PhD student said.