Tuesday, August 16, 2016

In love with Sarawak Part 1

Finally have to the mood to update my latest wonderful trip with a bunch of friends to Sarawak.
We've been planning this trip since March, thank God for the super cheap air ticket.

So here it is.

Day 1 Monday 1/8/2016

Brian, Yee Fei, Clarice and I took the morning flight and reached Kuching around 9am. Brian is Ilyas form 6 classmate, we first met at the airport and got to know each other while waiting for Ilyas coming from Miri. First impression - shy shy type with 2 distinctive dimples. We are all actually mutual friends.

Later, there's this Indian guy bringing our rented car came to pick us to Clarice dorm near her university (UNIMAS), her dorm is kinda far from the city. the car rental is very cheap by the way. After "checking in", we headed to a food court to satisfy our rumbling tummy.  I had my first Sarawak Kolok Mee, they have many variations of Kolok mee, mine was called "kampua", nothing much different, only the noodle type. It was only RM3.00!!!! So damn cheap!

Moving on, we hung out a while at Kuching's newest shopping mall Viva mall. It was pretty much the same as Imago. Then, with the help of Waze, which they called 华姐 in cantonese (weird!), Ilyas, our driver brought us to a park called 马中友谊公园。The park was really pretty, there's a lake, and a huge 郑和 statue standing majestically in the middle of it. People from the nearby residential area came and jog or have a nice cuppa at the chinese cafe. A nice place to hang out indeed.

The sky was turning black fast and I was praying hard not to rain as we were heading to the annual Kuching Festival. Thank God that the whole night there was not a single drop of rain noticed. The place was sooooooo crowded, there were soooooo many food stalls until you don't know which food to choose. So I just picked randomly and some according the internet suggestions.

The taiwan sausage tasted weird. None of us like it. Ilyas's facial expression showed it all =)

The Matcha cheese tart was among the best food in the suggested list. Highly recommended.

Went back, took a nice quick bath, slept on Clarice's nicely wrapped tilam.
Boop, no current.
And that's how we ended our day one, super tired but still looking forward to next day.

Day 2 Tuesday 2/8/2016

Ilyas went out early in the morning to meet his teachers. So while waiting for him, Brian and I had Clarice's Milo and ate some of leftover pastries which I tapao last night.

Around 10, Ilyas came back and we headed out to Kuching's Cat Museum. Surprisingly it's free admission, you only need to pay if you're taking photos.

Yee fei took the photos with her newly bought high tech fish eye camera. I'm very sakai one, I just knew the existence of such gadget. It's very convenient if you are having wefie with a large group. There were I think up to thousands of cat collectibles inside including some cat specimens. Everything you need to know about cat is available. Cat lovers will surely go bananas over these cats exhibition.

Next in our destination is Kuching's library.

Photo taken by Yee fei, edited by Brian.
One night staying with Ilyas and Brian's narcissism level is the same as Ilyas already. 
Haiz this 2 guys....nevertheless, they brought us many laughters =) 

The grand entrance with see through staircase.

Next, we went to try our first sampan experience. The sampan will get you to the famous kek lapis destination. Here's a tip, don't let the sampan guy know you're not local. Just hop on the sampan and pay when you reach your destination. It's actually only RM1 per person, but we were extra charged RM3. 

There were various type of kek lapis samples with all sorts of weird names like Proton Saga, Michael Jackson.
All you can eat. Hehe. We only bought it before departing to Miri as its expiration date is one week in the fridge. 

After taking photos at the waterfront, we had our dinner at this rooftop seafood eateries. It was in my to-do-list. Yee fei is grateful that I've done a bit of homework while Ilyas planned the route for us.

Very nice view. We ordered oatmeal prawns (yummy!), toufu pot, fish maw soup and sayur midin, a type of vegetable which is only available in Sarawak.

Midin belacan. It tasted and looked like paku-pakis, but slightly slimy. Not bad.

Day 2 ended. Go back recharged.

Day 3 Wednesday 3/8/2016

Woke up early and filled our tummy with another round of Kolok Mee, then headed off to our first destination, Tasik Biru. Today's journey is all about outdoors.

You can really enjoy the tranquility of the blueish lake.

Without further ado, we went to one of Sarawak's cave - Fairy Cave.


Loving this candid shot. The paddy field is opposite the cave. You can hear loud bombings occasionally which is to scare the birds from eating the paddy.

The journey up into the cave was really challenging. There was this very steep staircase (almost 90 degree) which was completely dark and wet, I was so afraid that I'm gonna fall down, but thank God I didn't! Explorers would love this very much. 

One very wonderful thing about cave is, no matter which angle or height you stand, you'll get to see  a completely different view. Once you climb up to the peak, you'll just wanna stand there and feast your eyes with this God's amazing wonder. Too bad my camera isn't high tech enough to capture that view. This the best shot I could get. 

I'm very afraid of height, so I was holding Clarice and Ilyas's bag at certain steeper staircases. 
Unlike the ang mos who hiked and went down very fast, our group were really taking our time enjoying views and taking tons of photos. Oh the entrance fee is only RM1 per person!

After a hot hiking afternoon, it's time to refresh ourselves at the Annah Rais Hotspring. 
It was another beautiful place covered in nature. 
There were two hot springs surrounded by crystal clear river. 
We had a lot of fun there.
Entrance fee is RM5.

Their expressions tell it all how hot is the hot spring.

It's time for dinner! This is a huge eatery called 101 according to Clarice. Just like the Kuching Festival, too many stalls to choose.

So in the end, I ordered these. 麻辣面,麻辣水饺,普通水饺。
They were made by China people, quite nice, not spicy at all but a wee bit salty.

Battery flat and another day ended wonderfully.

Day 4 Thursday 4/8/2016

Started our morning with our very first Sarawak laksa, Ermmm, it was not quite what I expected. The flavour is slightly milder than I thought it should be. 

Moving on, we took a stroll around the cat city. Bought some Sarawak famous mi piang (米饼). Since it's China street, all you can see is china restaurant, 
you can see most of them sell these steam buns and 烧卖, or they called it sio bee. 
We tried the sio bee, it was slightly sweeter than KK 烧卖 。And cheaper too! RM0.80 each.

A picture with Kuching icon.

Next, we headed down to Sarawak Cultural village, it was near Damai beach. The entrance fee is RM60 for non-Sarawakian like me, unless you have student card like my friends, they were only charged RM15.90 each. So yea, don't forget your student card if you have one. Big difference leh! However they don't have this passport which you can let the worker from different ethnic houses to chop.

Melanau House. The staircase was tall and scary.

Group photo with the performers. You should really see their performance. I won't let out the details but I can assure you it's worth every penny and time that you spent. One crucial tip, you should check out their performing schedule so that you don't miss any of it and at the same time able to finish your house visitation. Cause by the time we came out of the auditorium, the village was closed.

We were famished by the time we got out of the village, so we went to this restaurant suggested by Clarice to have our first western meal. Ilyas joined his friends, so only left 4 of us. Brian was the driver of the night.

The ambiance was quite nice and soothing. The food however was so-so only. 
Then, typical me being afraid of missing the plane, urged them to go back early and pack as we had to catch the 7am flight to Miri.

And there went our 5th day at Kuching. Time flew just in a blink of an eye.

Stay tuned for part 2!

*Some photo credits to Brian and Yee Fei*

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