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Will be right back…

July 18th, 2016 · 1 Surrendered

Busy busy days ahead. Was in Shanghai and Nanjing last week for work. Now that I’m back, there is so much to catch up.

Don’t think will have time to update this blog this week. Nevertheless, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook will be updated from the time to time.

Will be back soon with more updates :)

Categories: Bulletin Board · China's City of Culture - Nanjing · Going Places · Pearl of the Orient - Shanghai

Sarawak Cultural Village

July 8th, 2016 · 3 surrendered

Sarawak Cultural Village is a living museum located at the foothills of Mt. Santubong. My first time there was in 1994. Hehehe… This is my second visit.

This is also the venue for the World Harvest Festival and the Rainforest World Music Festival which will be happening in less than a month.

Not only you get to see replicas of traditional houses of different races and experience different cultures, the scenery with the magnificent mountain as the background is just surreal!

Left: Some handicrafts for sale and display.
Right: The bamboo bridge that you should experience. It’s not that scary, just a replica. The real thing will be even more thrilling.

Left: Bidayuh house, the baruk.
Right: These are some of the things meant to ward off evils from the Iban longhouse.

Inside and outside of the longhouse.

Left: Forgot what building is this, if not mistaken it’s a hall.
Right: Penan hut where you can try to shoot target with blowpipe. There’s also a Penan Nature Trail for your to discover.

Chinese and Malay house.

View of the lake and Orang Ulu Longhouse.

There’s a lot more that I didn’t cover as we were running out of time. Anyway, it’s a great place to experience and learn about Sarawak culture and heritage in few hours.

Lastly, here’s a video to show you some performances from the cultural show.

Categories: Going Places · Uniquely Kuching

Damai Beach Resort

June 27th, 2016 · 2 surrendered

Damai Beach Resort is one of the resorts you can find at Damai, Santubong.

Situated along the sandy beach of Teluk Bandung, facing the breathtaking South China Sea (on the northwest coast of Borneo) nestled Damai Beach Resort, a self-contained haven residing on a 90 acres of sea frontage, clad among the world’s oldest tropical rainforest by the slope of the legendary and majestic Mount Santubong, a mere 40-minutes drive from Kuching City, the capital of Sarawak and 50-minute drive from Kuching International Airport

I stayed in the hilltop seaview deluxe room. That’s the accommodation on the hill I stayed.

They have different types of rooms to choose from. From those down at the beach to those on top of the hill. Rooms are spacious!

To go to the hilltop, they have vans going up and down the hills to pick up and drop off guests staying on the hilltop to the lobby/main byuilding. It’s a bit inconvenient but you get better privacy. No big deal for me.

Here’s the room I stayed. Very spacious and the bed was huge. Can sleep 3 people hahaha…

The bathroom too.

This resort has a spa on the hilltop. I tried the hair spa. It was relaxing with an awesome view of the South China Sea. Hair felt so soft, smelt so nice, and head was not as heavy after that. However, the staff who attended to me might need a bit more training in terms of skills, that would make her even better.

Left: The view from my room. There’s a balcony.
Right: The view of Baruk Suite.

Left: No worries about have to go all the way down for the pool. There’s a pool at the hilltop as well.
Right: View from the pool area.

Here’s the pool at the main building.

Guess who visited us at our balcony? Two iguanas! So cute! They were looking at each other. I wonder were they different gender hehe… Therefore, be sure to keep your balcony door close if you don’t want any visitors from the wild to accompany you in your room.

Finally the view of the beach. Do not expect beach with just sand. Our beach here is rocky. It might not be your typical beautiful sandy white beach but it is still beautiful in its own way. It’s unique!

Overall, the stay was not a bad one. The room might be a bit dated but it is clean enough.

Categories: Going Places · Uniquely Kuching

Bako National Park

June 19th, 2016 · Nobody Surrendered

Bako National Park is no stranger to everyone in Sarawak. I’ve never step foot here prior to this. It’s indeed one experience to remember.

Source from SarawakForestry.com

Gazetted in 1957, Bako is Sarawak’s oldest national park, covering an area of 2,727 hectares at the tip of the Muara Tebas peninsula. It is one of the smallest national parks in Sarawak, yet one of the most interesting, as it contains almost every type of vegetation found in Borneo. The well-maintained network of nature trails – from easy forest strolls to full-day jungle treks – allows visitors to get the most out of this unique environment.

We went there in the morning. You have to take a boat there. We took the boat from the jetty. No sure how much the cost of the boat ride though. However, you can get more details and tough estimations of the cost you’ll need from this link: http://wikitravel.org/en/Bako_National_Park

It was a less than 20 minutes ride. Along the way, you can see locals fishermen catching sea produce and all sort of creations by mother nature. The other group on the other boat managed to spot a crocodile. The boat will slow down when there there are small fishing boats approaching.

Heading out to the mouth of the river.

You’ll see lots of rock formations and vegetation while on the boat.

There, there… The iconic landmark of Bako, the sea stack.

Going nearer to see it up-close. If you don’t see this, your trip to Bako is not complete for sure. I have a photo taken with it too hehehe… Forgot to include the photo in this post. If you are interested to have a look, here’s the link to my Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/p/BFq7sW6GoEw).

Can you see Mt. Santubong? How majestic is that? We reached the island, as it’s low-tide, we had to take off our shoes. Once we arrived, the guide told us there’s monkeys around. So we went to have a look. Well… My old camera couldn’t take good photo of it. It’s getting old… See the monkey? Can’t remember the name of this monkey, could be the Long-tailed macaques aka silvered langurs aka leaf-monkeys. The tail is long alright hahah…

Welcome! We were greeted by Bornean bearded pig. First time seeing it right in front of me. When you’re there, be sure not to make noise, do not provoke, do not touch, and do not feed the animal, and keep your belonging close to you at all times. You’ll know why later in this post.

It was such a hot day. There’s one place with air-con that you might want to rest in hahaha… The information centre where you could also learn about Bako.

After that, we started our trekking. There’s accommodations available for staying overnight here. The road leading to the beach…

On the way to a short trek. I think it’s the Tanjung Sapi Trail.

Bako has “25 distinct types of vegetation form seven complete eco-systems – Beach Vegetation, Cliff Vegetation, Kerangas or Heath Forest, Mangrove Forest, Mixed Dipterocarp Forest, Padang or Grasslands Vegetation and Peat Swamp Forest.” Source: SarawakForestry.com

I’ll just let the photos do the talking…

We didn’t come across the proboscis monkeys. You are lucky if you get to see one. According to the guide, they are sleeping during that time of the day because it is hot. Oh yes… Monkeys also need to have a siesta. It’s not a very hard trail, we even met some parents who brought their toddlers on the trail too. Just one thing is that the humidity was really high and would make you sweat buckets! Make sure you bring enough water with you. After the trekking, lunch awaited us at the park’s canteen. Man… Was so hungry indeed!

After we finished lunch, suddenly a bunch of silvered langurs came out. Lo and behold! It grabbed whatever that were on the table. Looks cute but don’t try to fool around with it. Photos not by me obviously. It’s from the photographer of our group.

After lunch and rest, we went back to the mainland. Almost reaching the jetty, there were boats filled with jellyfish. You definitely not seeing this everyday if you don’t live here. These jellyfish will be processed and export to country like Japan.

It was quite a fun and eyeopening trip. You should go there at least once in your lifetime. This is coming from someone who doesn’t like outdoor activities, that’s me!

Categories: Going Places · Uniquely Kuching

Ramadan Buffet 2016 – Merdeka Palace

June 12th, 2016 · 2 surrendered

It’s that time of the year again. Merdeka Palace Hotel and Suites is having their annual Ramadan Buffet Dinner. Was there to try it out on the first day. Pardon the bad photos, my camera’s battery decided to die on me when I wanted to take the first photo so had to use my phone instead.

There are more than 120 varieties of food on offer. Not too big, not too small. Just nice.

This year’s theme is Arabian. They have added new choices of food in the menu too. Dimsum is one of them.

Lok-lok and pizza. The pizza is the exact same pizza you’ll get from their Italian restaurant, Ristorante Beccari. Love the pizza, one of my favourites.

This year, you don’t only get roti john, you’ll also find shawarma, and mini burger. Another new addition is the cucur station where you can find banana, prawn, and vegetable fritters.

The whole roasted lamb of Merdeka Palace never failed me. Another favourite of mine. Meanwhile, I was craving for satay as well, so satay was another must-go for me hahah…

Wide selections of salad with many types of dressings and appetizers to choose from also. Umai of Merdeka Palace is a must-have.

Sarawak Laksa should not be missed. There’s also pasta station but I forgot to take photos of it duh… Not to forget the hot dishes such as rendang, curry, mixed vegetables, and so on.

Oh ya! Another new addition, Beriani Gam (no photos), a dish from Johor, serving for the first time in Merdeka Palace.

I didn’t get to try every single one of the food there, it’s just too much. I just went for my favourites. Hehehe… That’s all ate and some appetizers such as umai and ulam-ulaman. Don’t have the capacity to eat that much anymore. I need few sessions to try everything -.-”

Let’s just say, there’s great improvement this year. The price is still not so bad if compare to other places. You can even opt for the Ramadan Buffet in Aurora Court, the coffee house of the hotel, which will have all the food in Balai Merdeka minus the roasted lamb.

Ramadan Buffet Dinner is priced at RM86nett/adult at Balai Merdeka (6th June – 5th July) or RM76nett/adult at Aurora Court (13th June – 5th July).

For reservation or more information, please call 082 – 258 000 ext 8061(Aurora Court) / 8054(F&B Department)

Categories: Food Porn