Sunday, April 19, 2015

Kuching 2014 Day 2


I am going to continue to continue to share our activities on the second day. As I was the one who prepared the itinerary, there were only two places to visit that were Serikin and Cat Museum. For this, I hired a tourist guide to take the whole family to both places. The transport was not a van nor sedan but this...

Actually, the luxury MPV is owned by my friend. An old friend and the most annoying person on earth that I have ever befriend with. Hahahaha....jangan marah Pahang. His name is Mohd Wahidi of Pahang. That is why we call him Pahang. Now, he is a teacher in Kota Samarahan and married to Sarawakian which he met while in college. He is blessed with 2 kids, a son and a daughter. This is Pahang and his service is not for rent as his service is limited to friends only.

He picked me up early n the morning and we had our breakfast somewhere on the road which I do not know where. We had mee goreng for breakfast. The sky was clear and this could be one hot day for us. We reached Serikin around 10a.m and there were a lot of people.

Serikin is a small town around 80km from Kuching and close to Indonesia border. It is like Padang Besar or Bukit Kayu Hitam in Semenanjung Malaysia. I had been here in year 2008 during my sister wedding. And now I return with my family. Most of the items sold here were clothes. Definitely Indonesian made. Some were cheap and some none to my calculation. However, shopping in an open air under hot sun with two small kids was not a feat. So, we did not shop much as it was very hot. I just bought a riding jacket. Maybe, in the future I might return with my wife only and we could go shopping spree.

On way back to Kuching, we entered Bau town to take pictures. Bau is a gold mining town but I do not know much about the mining operations today.

As it was lunch time, Pahang took us to one chicken rice restaurant near Bau, the SCR Restaurant. I think it is Sarawak Chicken Rice. In Semenanjung we have Chicken Rice Shop. Both offer identical product, chicken rice. At SCR, I liked the beansprout more than what Chicken Rice Shop offering. Here are the two families at the restaurant.

After tasting the food, I think Chicken Rice Shop is better.

When everyone was full, we moved to Cat Museum back in Kuching. The museum sits on Siol Hill overlooking the Kuching city. More info about this museum here.

You will not find anything else here but cat. All about cats.

As a memento with Pahang before he sent us home.

for dinner, we sent to Top Spot, one of the popular places in Kuching for seafood. There are several restaurants up there and it is up to you to choose one. Basically they offer identical menus which are seafood.
My brother in law suggested to dine at No 25.

We had satay, crab with salted egg, butter prawn, steamed pomfret. I liked the crab the most as it is quite spicy.

After dinner, we went home and crashed.

That were the activities on our second day in Kuching. On the third day, we would be going to Cultural Village in Gunung Santubong. And we planned to have a birthday bash for Kakak as we wanted to celebrate it earlier and to celebrate in Kuching.

I will try to complete this story of our family vacation as soon as possible.

Definitely, our trip to Kuching has ignited a new desire to go flying somewhere else and our next target is Kota Kinabalu.

OK. Kita jumpa lagi.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Kuching 2014 Day 1 Part III

The internet speed was damn slow in the last couple of weeks. So, I could not update to finish our first day activities.

Now, let finish the story on the first day.

So, after maghrib we had dinner at home first before going out to the Waterfront. My sister cooked udang galah masak lemak. Well, no pictures for the udang galah...hehehe

What I loved about Kuching Waterfront was due to  easy to access and family friendly. There were a lot of stalls selling snacks, souvenirs, benches, long stretch of walkway overlooking Sungai Sarawak, The Astana and the new Sarawak Legislative Assembly building. It was beautiful and relaxing though.

There you can listen to busker groups singing various songs from sentimental, traditional to rock kapak.
Happy troupe....hahaha

So, here we were at the Waterfront, the whole family. Nikon D3100 DSLR was used here for better pictures...hehehe

The kids were the happiest running around. Even Fayyad did not want to be held as he wanted to walk on his own. As I mentioned before, there were a lot of happenings at the place. Buskers, stalls, indie band and the list goes on. There was a busker group and the singer was a blind. He sang several rock kapak songs and sound good. He managed to draw a good crowd cheering him. Unfortunately, I did not take any picture of him.

I love very much the atmosphere at the Waterfront. Full of entertainment for the people to relax, kids playing around, the buskers, good snacks etc. I hope it will last long enough for me to re-visit again.