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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2017

Bringing All Types of Dances Together at Sibu International Dance Festival (SIDF) 2017

The Sibu International Dance Festival (SIDF) is back again this year for the sixth time!

 

SIDF is a platform where dancers from local, regional and international level can come together to exchange ideas and showcase choreography. This year’s event has been extended to include outdoor and indoor performance, as well as street corners, in a bid to draw more people to join the festival and to be directly involved with the performers.

 

The 6th edition of SIDF was held on August 29 2017 to September 2 2017.

 

Sibu International Dance Festival (SIDF) was first organised in 2012 by the Hornland Dance Theatre in Sibu. The Dance Festival is an annual event that portrays all forms of dances, traditional or modern, for all groups of age and of all races and cultures, both locally and internationally.

 

The first debut concert was held in 2012 and with the acknowledgement and support of the Sibu Municipal Council. It aimed to be held as an annual event during the mid-term school holiday of the second half of the year in Malaysia and it is located in the largest town in the central zone of Sarawak, in Sibu, next to the Rejang River, which is the longest river in South-east Asia.

 

SIDF aims to become the world platform for artists and arts organization from local, regional and international levels to exchange dialogs, concepts, experiments, explorations and displaying the diversity of dances, and boost tourism, art and culture in this region through this event.

 

The five-day festival had a wide variety of local and international dance performances in its schedule. The event included dance troupes from Singapore’s SIM Dance Art, KL’s DPAC Dance Company, USA’s Cohan/Suzeau Dance Company, Ivan Chan and Sudhee Liao from Hong Kong, Thailand’s Pathum Thanee Folk Dance Group, Kishiqata from Japan, Indonesia’s Loka Art Studio, and many, many more!

 

Apart from that, dance enthusiasts also had the chance to take part in dance workshops held by the professional artists from 12 different groups. Dance genres included street dance, traditional dance, modern dance and more.

 

Take a trip down to Sibu between the end of August and early September next year, and you’ll not only get to enjoy Sarawak’s largest town in its central zone but you’ll also be able to catch the Sibu International Dance Festival.

 

One thing awesome about Borneo is that we always have several cultural events happening throughout the month, and going on a road trip is a cheap and easy way to de-stress for the weekend and enjoy our Sarawak scenery!

 

You could also take the time to check out our website for affordable holiday packages! Just click here at sarawakborneotour.com!

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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 23, 2017

Rainforest Garden Cafe, A Themed Cafe on the Rise in Kuching, Sarawak

Have you ever wonder what is it like to dine with nature? Enjoying your meal while being surrounded by the lush green and fresh nature, the singing of the birds and the sound of the water flowing… Wouldn’t that be great? Well, now you can!

 

There is a nature concept café in Kuching, called the Rainforest Garden Café, which is now a hot eatery spot for food-lovers as well nature-lovers. This is because, people are able to appreciate the nature that is around them while enjoying a delicious meal at this very café.

 

Rainforest Garden Café is located at Lot 774, Block 226, 5th Mile, Penrissen Road, 93250, Kuching, Sarawak and is also the first of its kind here in Kuching!

 

In the café, there are 7 kiosks selling different types of food for every type of mealtime; breakfast, lunch, dinner, and etc. The brand or kiosks include Lok Lok, Mom’s Kitchen, Claypot Box, and more. Here are the recommendations by the chef; Malicai Fried Beehoon, Popo Hakka Luicha, Kampung Fried Rice, Pattaya Fried Rice, Tomato Kueh Tiaw, Mee Mamak, Spice Fried Spaghetti and Tomato Fried Spaghetti.

 

For those who cannot eat pork meat, you don’t have to worry about that since this café serves no pork. It is also a self-service type of café.

 

The café is open on Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 10pm and only closes on Monday, but opens if it is a public holiday as more patrons will drop by for a meal.

 

Furthermore, the café provides services such as outdoor seating, takeaways, and booking for parties. So, if you ever plan to host a birthday party or anything, you can just give them a call to book your date.

 

Contact them at 082-577963 or send them details on your event at dixonttk@gmail.com

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A One Day Tour at Kuching

I recently went on a day tour in Kuching with a group of retirees from Johor Bahru to Sarawak Cultural Village, Cat Museum, Dayang Salhah Cake House and more. To me, it felt like going on a trip with my own grandparents. They were very friendly and nice to me even though they have never seen me before. Hence, I was able to enjoy spending time with them the whole trip.

 

Billy (the one with the blue backpack) giving a brief talk to the tour group

 

 

I arrived at 56 Hotel at 8.15am to meet the group and our tour guide, Billy, at the hotel lobby. The group came down to the lobby from their room at 8.40am and Billy gave a short briefing about the day trip. At 9am, we got on a coach, which was the transport for our trip, and took off to our first destination, the Sarawak Cultural Village.

It was a long trip to Sarawak Cultural Village, taking about a bit over an hour to reach there since it is located far from the city and also due to the traffic that day. I helped in distributing mineral drinks to each of the group members as so to keep them hydrated for the day.

Once arrived at the destination, I was the last person to leave the coach and made sure all of them got off the coach safely. Billy went to the reception counter to get our tickets while I kept an eye on the group. I also helped a family to take their photos at the Rainforest Music Festival statue.

Soon enough, we entered the ‘living museum’ led by Billy.

 

Signage at Sarawak Cultural Village

 

The bamboo bridge route to get to the Bidayuh Longhouse

 

Our first stop was the Bidayuh Longhouse. There was two routes to get there; the normal route and the bamboo bridge route. Everyone except only 2 or 3 of them did not go for the bridge because they had pain in their legs. So, they took the normal, longer route with Billy.

At the Bidayuh Longhouse, other than objects that are of the Bidayuh culture, there was a person playing a musical instrument, similar to a flute, to entertain the visitors. The group members looked around looking fascinated and some of them even took photos with the people who wore the traditional Bidayuh costumes in the house. They also bought some souvenirs from there.

Our next stop was the Iban Longhouse. I was assigned a task by Billy to collect the stamps at each stop as a proof of the visit, while also keeping an eye on the group. In the house, there was a lady who was frying an Iban traditional snack, known as Kuih Jala, to sell to the visitors. 3 of the members bought some and shared with the others. I also got my share of it because they were so nice. The snack was sweet and pleasant, perfect for a teatime snack, in my opinion. They took photos with the people wearing Iban costume in the house before leaving the house.

 

The view at Sarawak Cultural Village

 

Then we went to the Penan Hut. There were not much to see except for the musical instrument Sape and the tools that the Penan people used for daily survival. Billy explained that the Penan people live a nomadic life and that is why they lived in a hut instead of a house.

After that, we visited the Orang Ulu Longhouse and the Melanau Tall House. Both houses are built high above the ground with sturdy wood holding them up, so it was a long walk up and down the stairs for the visitors. Billy gave a short talk about the respective cultures while the group members looked around the house and enjoyed some Orang Ulu snacks sold in the house.

Lastly, we visited the Chinese Farmhouse. The group members paid respect at the praying area and walked around to see the tools and items inside the house which were used by the Chinese people living in a farmhouse some time ago.

After the cultural houses tour, Billy led the group to the hall for a cultural show performances. The show started at 11.45am sharp and ended at 12.20 in the afternoon. The group members enjoyed the show and went to have their lunch at the cafeteria next to the hall.

 

The view in front of a Melanau Tall House

 

Our next destination was the Cat Museum. It is the World’s first Cat Museum, devoted to all things feline, is in Petra Jaya in the Kuching City North City Hall. Cat lovers will find a range of exhibits, photos, feline art and cat souvenirs; over 4,000 of them. The group members bought small souvenirs from the souvenir shop inside the museum after walking around to see all the artefacts.

 

The entrance of the Cat Museum at Dewan Bandaraya Kuching Utara (DBKU)

 

Then, we went to Dayang Salhah’s Cake House. Billy and the group members all tried the tester prepared by the place’s owner, filling their tummy with the sweet delicacies. Some of the group members even bought the cakes they tasted.

Our last stop for the day was Sin Piao. The group members went on a shopping frenzy at the shop. They bought a lot of Borneo spices and snacks, some even bought in boxes, to bring home to their families and friends. They were clearly happy and satisfied with the last stop and we headed back to the hotel to end the day trip. The group members thanked Billy and me for the day before going back up to their rooms.

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THURSDAY, AUGUST 10, 2017

A Memorable Trip to Sabah with My University Friends

On 18 to 22 March 2017, I went on a 5 days 4 nights class trip with fellow Uni-mates to Sabah, accompanied by our subject lecturer, Encik Yaziz Kasim, for educational purposes. Among the attractions that we had visited in Sabah were Desa Cattle Dairy Farm, Poring Hot Springs, ‘Fish Spa’ in Tagal Moroli, Philippine Market and more. We had our itinerary all planned out months before the trip.

On the first day, we went on a City Tour, with the tour guides being amongst ourselves after doing some individual research about the places that we were going to visit. We went to interesting spots in Kota Kinabalu, such as the Double Six Monument, Merdeka Field Kota Kinabalu, Signal Hill Observatory Tower, Aquarium & Marine Museum at Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) and more. The main purpose of the day was to get to know more about Sabah and learning about their history.

Kota Kinabalu Waterfront

Group photo at Kota Kinabalu Waterfront

 

 


A baby turtle swimming in the UMS aquarium

 

 

 

The next day, we got a bit adventurous and went to explore the Gaya Street Sunday Market, the Monsopiad Cultural Village, the Upside Down House and the 3D Museum. The Gaya Street Sunday Market was packed with people including both locals and foreign tourists, as expected, since the market is only opened on Sundays and the goods sold are interesting and most of them represent the culture in Sabah. That day, I put my Korean language skills to test as I got the chance to converse with a Korean family. Despite being nervous, the family praised me for it.

At the Monsopiad Cultural Village, we learnt a bit about Monsopiad culture from the friendly tour guides there, which included learning to make a fire manually using woods and sticks, learning the traditional dance and music, and the historical headhunting culture. Meanwhile at the Upside Down House and 3D Museum, we gained fun and exciting memories as we took photos with the interesting arts and crafts.

Just 'hanging around' on the ceiling of the bathroom

 

 

 

There is even an 'upside down' car! And it's a Kancil!

 

 

 

Fighting bare hands with a man with weapon? It's okay, it's just a 3D art!

 

 

 

A photo at the end of the 3D Museum in Sabah

 

 


On the third day, we woke up as early as 4.30 in the morning to get ready for the day trip to Kundasang. We had our breakfasts at the nearby café at 6AM and then split into two groups before taking off with two vans at 7am.

After about two hours, we arrived at our first destination, the Desa Cattle Dairy Farm. The weather was rather nice and cool that day so we were able to enjoy the beautiful scenery at the site, which is also known as the Little New Zealand at Sabah. I also got the chance to feed the cows and goats at the feeding area at a low price. Then, we went to Tagal Moroli ‘Fish Spa’ to allow dead cells on our skin to be nibbled off by the Tagal fishes. It was a fun experience despite feeling a tiny bit of pain from being ‘kissed’ by the fishes. Next we went to Poring Hot Springs as our last destination for the day to relax our mind and body before going back to Kota Kinabalu at around 6pm.

Enjoying a warm dip at Poring Hot Springs

 

 


On Day 4 four, our main focus was on Corportate Social Responsinily-related activities. We went to Rumah Amal Kasih, an orphanage home in Kota Kinabalu, to help the owners of the home and create fun memories with the children raised there. We helped to clean and organize the house with the lead from the owner and also took our time to celebrate the birthday of one of the children there. The owner was grateful with our help and hoped to see us again soon. Then, we went to UiTM Sabah for Cultural Exchange Program and met up with our fellow diploma students and lecturers there.


On the last day of the trip, we went to check out the Philippine Market in the afternoon since our flight was at 6pm. Noticeably, the market was packed with foreign tourists coming from all over the world and it was very interesting to see the sight and sound. We bought a little souvenir and local snacks, such as Kuih Cincin, keropok, ikan manis a and more. Here is a tip that you could apply; When buying seafoods at the market, remember to bargain the price especially when the price were marked up very high. to bring back home to our families and friends. Thankfully, we arrived in Kuching safely and went home with happy memories.

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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2016

Mulu WhiteWater Rafting

Are you heading to Mulu for a few days of fun, tour and adventure?

If you are heading to Mulu National Park, then you might as well join our WhiteWater Rafting at Sungai Tutoh. This is the latest list of activities organised by Benarat Lodge.

 

It is a 2 hours adventure for the thrill seeker along the Tutoh River, Add in the fun into your itinerary, as you tour the Caves, witness the 5 million bats coming out from the caves and onwards to see the Penan Settlement.

 

 

 



 

 

The Whitewater Rafting package includes safety jacket, trainer to guide you and off you go!

Rate per person: RM150 per person

 

To know more information, please email us at: Ask@SarawakBorneoTour.com

 

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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2016

The annual Padawan Raft Safari 2016

Padawan Raft Safari is a fun water sport held annually since 2004 right here in Sarawak. In this rafting competition, each team needs to build their bamboo raft before the date for it to be used in the race. True to its meaning, this Raft Safari is a great competition, where competitors get to admire wildlife and birds in the wild, passing through the dense jungle with their friends and families and at the same time paddling to the finish line.

 

 

 

The Raft Safari offered RM24,500 worth of prizes up for grabs. Besides rafting and kayaking, there were many side activities such as cultural dance, songs and local traditional cuisine.

A total of 138 competitors signed up for this competition. Depending on the categories that they had signed up for, the participants will be flagged-off from 7:00 a.m to 9:00 a.m, from 3 different villages namely; Annah Rais village, Temurang village and Danu. The finishing line would be at Git village where the closing ceremony will be held at 3:00 p.m.

 

Image credit to Sarawak Tourism Board website

 

There were several rafting categories during the competition. For the Rafting Expert and Kayaking Category, the distance from the starting point was approximately 40 km. The approximate distance for Men’s Open Rafting was 26 km while the Women, Government Departments, and Hotels & Tour Agencies Rafting were 22 km.  

In the Expert category, Kampung Sungan’s ‘Puncak Mutiara Tebedu’ finished the course in four hours and 57 minutes, snatching the first place and winning RM3,000 prize money and championship trophy. Finishing close at second place, Saati/SUPP Kampung Biya Jaber clocked four hours and 59 minutes, while Lanting Sadong placed third with a time of five hours and 12 minutes.

In kayaking category, first place was crowned to Eco Adventure Team that had completed the race with the fastest time of four hours and 14 minutes. The second and third place were won by Perkesa B and Perkesa A respectively.

In Men’s Open category, first place goes to Kelab Rekreasi Lingga, while Tebakang won the Women’s Open winning title. Bunan Gega health Clinic emerged the best among the teams competing in government agencies event, while in the tourism agencies and hotel category, the top prize went to BHR 4 Sekawan.

As it is an annual event, we hope to see more of the raft safari in the near future. This is a new tourism product and hopefully as it progresses, we are able to have more international team joining in.

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MONDAY, FEBRUARY29, 2016

VIVACITY Megamall, the newest and largest shopping mall in Kuching

Shopping malls had increased these past few years in Kuching. One after another opens up their doors to welcome people from all over Kuching, even from all over Sarawak to their mall. The newly opened VIVACITY Megamall, the newest addition to malls in Kuching, had just opened its doors to visitors last December 2015.

The mall was designed by Archicentre, the same team that designed Setia City Mall in Shah Alam. There are also hundreds s of condominiums and suites, called The Jazz Suites @ VIVACITY on top of the mall. It is currently the biggest shopping mall in Kuching, and the carpark has about 3,800 parking bays at basement, podium and roof levels, each with its own dedicated entrance and exit.

The four-level shopping mall is currently buzzing with activities. Almost all shop lots had tenants. On lower ground there are supermarket, specialty food, essentials and services, while on the ground floor, they have international fashion, jewellery & timepieces, cosmetics & skincare and alfresco & cafés such as Nando’s; the first branch in Kuching, the first Tony Roma’s in Borneo, Burger King, The Library, Quiznos Cafe, Secret Recipe and many more.

Besides several newly opened branches of restaurants in Kuching, there are also many firsts of their respective brands or chains opened here in Vivacity. You can find Tokyo Station on Level 2, where you can find lots of Japanese stuff such as groceries, snacks, household products, skincare range, stationery items, luggage and home furnishings. This is the first of its chains in Malaysia. You can even see the “ransel”, a firm-sided backpack made of stitched firm leather or leather-like synthetic material, most commonly used in Japan by elementary schoolchildren sold at the shop. Customers get to purchase Hokkaido Matcha Milk, never-before-seen KitKat flavours such as Cheese Cake, Pumpkin and Sweet Potato, and many other stuff that you may never encounter in our local shops.

Visitors can also visit Sports Direct, the UK’s leading sports retailer, selling varieties of internationally recognised sports and leisure brands; Calliope, an Italian interpretation of the latest fashion trends and the first of its chains in Malaysia; Samba, an Ipanema, Zaxy, Ryder & Grendha Concept Stores from Brazil of which opening ceremony was graced by the “Samba Queen” from Singapore, Farah Dawood De Morais; KAISON, the decoration and gift retailer, focusing on selling affordable yet well designed products; Seoul Garden, an authentic Korean-styled BBQ Buffet restaurant; and so much more!

For those who are not familiar with the roads in Kuching, the mall is located at Jalan Wan Alwi, Tabuan Jaya Baru 2. From city centre, it will take about 20 minutes’ drive.

So, what are you waiting for? Let’s head over to Vivacity Megamall now and check out this new mall!

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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2015

'Lan Berambeh', an annual event for Sarawakians in Peninsula Malaysia

Lan Berambeh, which translates to “Let’s Stay Over” in Sarawak language, had been gaining popularity among Sarawakians in Peninsula Malaysia, especially in Kuala Lumpur.

In the recently held event on 24th of October 2015, it had gathered about 10,000 Sarawakians attending the dinner. The dinner was graced by Yang di-Pertua Negeri Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud and his wife Tok Puan Datuk Patinggi Raghad Kurdi Taib.

 

Image credit to The Borneo Post

 

This event was held to support the Sarawakians studying, working and living in Peninsula Malaysia, as well as somewhat healing the homesickness of their home and family.

Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud had launched the dinner that night and a short video titled “Kamek Anak Sarawak” was shown afterwards.

 

 

Apart from the dinner, a carnival was held at Putra World Trade Centre from 9 am to 11 pm on the same day. This carnival welcomed everyone who wanted to know more about Sarawak and not only Sarawakians. The carnival had managed to show the uniqueness of Sarawak and the culture to Peninsula Malaysians who attended the carnival. The stalls selling Sarawak products such as food and handicrafts were erected on that day.

 

Image credit to The Borneo Post

 

There were also convention sessions for Sarawakian students in the afternoon. There were 4 sessions in total; Education by Yang Berhormat Liwan Lagang, Socio Economy by Datuk Seri Richard Riot, Rural Development by Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah and Politics by Hajah Nancy Shukri.

The annual event which was open to the public, was a platform for Malaysians to familiarise themselves with Sarawak culture. The first ‘Lan Berambeh’ was held on 2008, and by then it was only a dinner gathering for Sarawakians. Over the years, it has become a platform to exhibit Sarawak’s unique culture and craft work while reuniting ‘anak Sarawak’ in Peninsula Malaysia.

Hopefully, this joyous event will continue in foreseeable future so that people from Peninsula Malaysia will get to know Sarawak better.

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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2015

Bravo Riung Kuring Restaurant, Kuching

The food that we Malaysians eat, or rather should I say the Malay, Chinese and Indian food that has been at the forefront of most of our meals would have been Chicken rice, Nasi Lemak, Laksa, wantan mee, kampua mee, kolok mee, roti canai and many others. However, Malaysia being a hot pot of many other nationalities coming to Malaysia to work, marry or start a new life here has also seen Sundanese food getting popular here. Sundanese tribe from Indonesia has had a strong following in Malaysia.

In Kuching, the popular Sundanese food can be found at Riung Kuring Restaurant. Riung Kuring restaurant is located at No, 97, Jalan Dagok, Off Jln Kulas Utara Satu, 93400 Kuching, Sarawak.

 

 

We checked out the restaurant recently and here is our review. The restaurant is located not very far from RHB Bank at Jln Kulas Utara main road but if you did not know about the restaurant, you would never drive in ( turn left) into this small road. We managed to locate the restaurant. It was located at a house that has been converted into a nice little quaint restaurant. They have the outdoor (non aircond) which is actually the car park that has been designed into the sitting area for tables and chairs. Then there is the living room that is air-conditioned.

 


 

We browsed the menu and didn’t know what to order as everything looks good. In the end, we settled for Nasi Ayam Bakar Madu and Nasi goreng ayam special. I also ordered a glass of The C Peng Pandan Special and ice lemon tea.

When the food arrived, the food presentation was inviting. The rice was wrapped in banana leaf, served with a piece of grilled chicken thigh which had been slathered with honey. There were a piece of fried tofu, tempe (an Indonesian soy patty), some ulam raja, slices of cucumber and cabbage, a bowl of sourly soup and a small plate of sambal. The soup was quite tasty despite its appearance as the combination of sweet and sour was pretty good. The chicken was so delicious and succulent.

 

 

Something new to us. Every meal has the special Sundanese chilli sauce. It tasted a bit like nasi lemak sambal to me. If you ask me, the chilli sauce could double as nasi lemak sambal as well. It was spicy and it actually warmed up my stomach for the whole afternoon after the meal.

My nasi goreng ayam kampung was tasty as it should be. Stir fried with anchovies, put in some cut chilli, dressed with a fried egg on top of the rice, some sliced cucumber, fried chicken wing and of course their signature chilli sauce, home made by them.

 


 

The only thing that is not satisfactory is that the anchovies are not crispy enough. They must have heated up the wok, fried the egg, and the poured in the rice and other ingredients together with the anchovies. They should I think fried the anchovies until crispy, then separate it out from the wok. Fried the other ingredients in as well as the rice, and then pour back the anchovies when almost done. That way, not only do we have a tasty nasi goreng, but we will also bite in into the crispiness of the anchovies instead of having a anchovies taste but not crispy. However, despite that, the meal is still wholesome and wonderfully delicious.

The Pandan drink was good. Felt like drinking cendol, the taste that is.

 


 

On the whole, we love the food here and will recommend it to anyone who loves spicy, Asian food. Well done Riung Kuring! Keep it up and improve where you can.

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THURSDAY, AUGUST 20, 2015

Vege Hut, a vegetarian restaurant in Kuching

We visited Vege Hut today. Vege Hut is the newer of the several vegetarian restaurants located at 3rd mile Kuching. Its address is at 2659, Jalan Rock, Central Park Commercial Centre, 93200 Kuching, Sarawak, opposite Timberland Hospital.

 

It was not packed when we arrived and the restaurant is clean which is a must for us. The restaurant is divided into air-cond and cooling fan section.

 

They sure have a wide selections ranging from porridge to Chinese dishes and even Indian food like Roti canai of all variety, Thosai, and others.

 

We decided to try the Indian dishes this time around. We ordered roti canai susu, thosai, vegetable rolls and some drinks.

 

I have always been fond of Thosai and I have to say that today, I was not disappointed. The Thosai was prepared by an Indian person who works in a Chinese vegetarian restaurant. The Thosai was crispy the way I like it and it was even a little sour like how a Thosai should taste like. I was given a small bowl of curry gravy and a small bowl of curry potatoes, though I much prefer chutney, and dhal. It cost me RM2.20.

 

 

Thosai: 9/10

Curry Gravy: 6/10

Portion for money: 8/10

 

My colleague ordered 2 pieces of Roti Canai susu which was RM2 each. The roti canai when served was sweet because of the condensed milk, and firm. She likes the roti as it is a bit crunchy on the outside, and gooey on the inside. Though, 2 pieces of roti canai susu is a bit overkill since it makes her full for the whole day.

 

 

Roti Canai susu: 8/10

Curry Gravy: 6/10

Portion for money: 7/10

 

Then our vegetable rolls were served. I swear that if you just change the wrapping and use a McDonald’s wrapping paper, anyone would agree that this must be the latest menu from McDonald’s. Food was good.

 

 

Vegetable roll: 7/10

Portion for money: 8/10

 

We ordered Lassi and ngo mee thing (Chinese herb drink that is supposed to cool the body system). Having tasted better, the latter was nothing to shout about. I would give it a 5/10. The lassi is quite nice; foamy, sweet and a bit sour like any other lassi.

 

Overall, we would give the restaurant 7 out of 10. We like the interior and the cleanliness of the restaurant. Compared to the other restaurants in the area, we like this one the best. The price is also reasonable, and the staffs are friendly. 

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TUESDAY, JUNE 23, 2015

Refreshing lunch break at Uncle Bean Cafe, Kuching

After a refreshing stroll along Carpenter Street, why don’t you stop by at Uncle Bean Café for lunch ? The café is opened daily from 7:00am to 10:00pm.
 
The café does not serve pork and they do not use lard in their cooking. The air-conditioning was also perfect after the exhausting stroll under the sun. We also like the interior design of the café. It is decorated with vibrant wallpaper, colourful chairs and the table has abstract design all over it.
 
 

 
Interior at Uncle Bean Cafe
 
 
Browsing through the thick menu, there is a variety of Malaysian food available. You can order their fried noodles, fried rice, nasi ayam penyet, curry noodle, and even toast for breakfast.
 
 

 
Uncle Bean's Nasi Ayam Penyet
 
 
My friend decided to try their Set Meal, which includes rice, one of their chicken dishes, vegetables and a glass of soft drink. I ordered a glass of ice green tea and a bowl of Sarawak Laksa, since I am on a quest to find the most delicious Sarawak Laksa in Kuching.
 
After a while, our drinks were served. Along with it, they gave us our cutleries on top of cute paper napkins. When I take a sip of my green tea, it tasted normal. 
 
Not long after that, my laksa was delivered. I was surprised to see that the bowl was quite big, considering the price was only RM6.00. However, there was a thick layer of oil on top of the laksa. There were also strips of chicken, eggs, bean sprouts and prawns. After squeezing lime and adding sambal belacan into the laksa, I slurped the noodle and was amazed by the taste. It actually tasted good despite the oily gravy. The gravy is not that spicy, a bit sour (because of the lime) and it was seasoned well. Because of that, I finished the laksa contently, just leaving traces of oil at the bottom of the bowl. Actually, I practically almost licked the bowl up. 
 
 

 
Laksa Sarawak
 
 
My friend enjoyed her rice with ayam goreng rempah (spice fried chicken?) and a small plate of baby kailan with oyster sauce. In fact, it was the second time that she ordered the fried chicken since she liked it very much when she tried the dish during her first visit at the café. At that time she also ordered a cup of café latte and from the photos that she took, it looks amazing.
 

Cafe Latte at Uncle Bean Cafe
 
Cafe Latte at Uncle Bean Cafe
 
 
The café also serve cakes and coffees, but when we came in, there were no cakes on display so we didn’t get to try them.
 
Overall, I gave their laksa 8 out of 10. I wished their gravy was not that oily, or else I would give them a 9. The laksa was delicious and I put it on the third place of my personal Laksa Sarawak ranking. 
 
I look forward to taste their nasi ayam penyet next, and hope I will not be disappointed. Compliments to the chef! 
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WEDNESDAY, MAY 13, 2015

Review of Saigon Fusion Vietnamese Restaurant, Kuching

It was on Mother’s Day that I brought my mother to try out this little Saigon Vietnam fusion restaurant at a small lane off Carpenter Street Kuching.

 

 

 

Just a few shops away from the popular pub for tourists lay this little gem. The place was decorated with some Vietnamese painting, an aquarium greeting you at the entrance and some small cloth toys at the counter, which I  imagined is for sale. Some wood painting decorated the wall, and dim light with wooden furniture all combined to create a urban oriental feel, though I felt that the furniture was a bit large for a small restaurant, as it occupied more space than necessary.

 


 

 

The restaurant is not very big, and there were a few diners already having their dinner when we arrived but the staff there was very busy taking orders and helping out at the kitchen. The ambience stayed lively with many tourists flocking in.

 



 

 

The food variety was not many, and there were some Vietnamese coffee and soft drinks at RM4 a can. We were greeted with cold wheatgrass drink each upon sitting down. Menu was simple, the usual ever popular spring rolls consisting of sliced prawn, vegetables and a slice of meat and beef noodles.

 

 

Spring Rolls

 

It being a Mother’s Day, we ordered some spring rolls at RM18 a plate, baked crabs with special Vietnam sauce ( 3 small crabs at RM42), some vermicelli with pork chop, and vermicelli with prawns stuffed over lemongrass stick.

 

Baked Crabs with special sauce

Baked crabs with special Vietnam sauce

 

We find the spring rolls a bit bland but perhaps that is how Vietnam spring rolls are like and the dish that we liked the best was the baked crab. It was a bit sweet and yet tasty. When I asked for a shell breaker to break open the crab shell, they gave me a piece of paper and the shell breaker. That was great because usually when you pound down on the crab shell, the juices from within the shell or the broken pieces of the shell would fly away and may landon your face which could be rather embarrassing. So with the paper, I wrapped it over the crab before I pounded down on it. Nice, neat and no mess except when you have to diligently pull out the broken shell from the flesh, which was also fun in eating crab meat.

 


Vermicelli with prawn stick

Vermicelli with prawns stuffed over lemongrass stick

 

After that, our Mango Sticky Rice dessert arrived. It cost RM25 a plate. It was not exactly what I expected. I remembered tasting them in Thailand, and the sticky rice with the sauce which is actually made up of coconut cream is a bit salty. Here, the sauce is sweet only, and not salty like the Thai mango sticky rice dessert. Again, perhaps this Is their own version of a Vietnam Mango Sticky Rice dessert. My brother however enjoyed the sticky rice, as he found it cooked just nice and tender. As novices about Vietnamese food, we were not sure what to expect but the simple menu and the delicious baked crab was satisfying enough and it was a very fulfilling dinner for my whole family.

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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY10, 2015

What 2015 Goat Year means to those born in this Chinese zodiac

The year of the Goat (sheep / ram) is just around the corner. Many Chinese families are now busy doing spring cleaning, buying food and drinks in preparation for the Chinese New Year that will fall on 19 February 2015.
 
Let’s find out more about the Chinese zodiac of “The Goat”. The Goat ( Chinese: ; pinyin: yáng), according to Wikipedia is the eighth sign of the 12-year cycle of animals that appear in the Chinese zodiac related to the Chinese calendar. The Year of the Goat is associated with the 8th Earthly Branch symbol,  (wèi).
 
The listing of Year of the Sheep or Goat or Ram are 2015, 2003, 1991, 1979 and 1967. Are you born in Year of the Goat?
 
A goat is a gentle and calm animal. People who are born in the year of the Goat tend to be tender, gentle polite, filial, clever and kind-hearted. They tend to be artistics, pious and enjoys living quietly.
 
In their daily life, they try to be economical. Women born in this year are willing to take good care of others, but they should avoid pessimism and hesitation.
 
Read on as the next few paragraphs may interest you.
 
 
Fortune Foretelling in 2015
It is their order to encounter the Year of Birth (Benming Nian), a year to offend “Taisui’, the god in charge of people’s fortune. In 2015, their fortune in all aspects will fluctuate. In career, there won’t be a promotion or salary rise. Only if they stick with their current job and work hard, will they smoothly get through the year. In wealth, they should be very cautious about any investment, or there will be a loss. In relationships, they are suggested to be tolerant of their family, friends and colleagues to avoid any conflict.

Career: They may encounter some road blocks in career in 2015, especially in March, June, September and December. In these months, their emotions will be fluctuant, so it is likely that they will argue with colleagues. In comparison, their fortune in career gets better in February, July and August. As long as they persist in working hard, they will gain much in the coming year. At any rate, no promotion will fall upon them in 2015.

Wealth: The financial fortune of sheep people will be just so-so. They should reduce daily expenses, or it will be hard to make ends meet. It is not a good idea to lend money to others. The investment in stocks, bonds and real estate should be stopped. People who are living in a rental house should keep doing this. Don’t buy a new house or move. Setting a fish tank in the west or north of the house may increase their fortune in wealth. 

Relationships: Sheep people can easily lose their temper in 2015. As a result, couples and lovers may argue. They should communicate with each other to solve the problem to avoid breaking up. Also this is not a good year to get married. Single males may get involved in a relationship, and females will still expect to get back their former love.

Health: They should keep away from sharp tools and weapons such as knifes, swords, saws and scissors, because they may easily get injured this year. In daily life, they should play sports and avoid eating too much greasy food. Sheep born in 1943 and 1979 need to be careful in driving and doing sports, especially in June and December.

Study: Sheep students will hardly be able to concentrate on study this year. They should adjust their emotions to focus on study. Some students’ study may be affected by family problems, so parents should pay attention to their behavior and try to be attentive to their children. Moreover, children may get infected some illness, which will influence their study.
 
 
Hope your find the above information helpful as you celebrate the coming New Year of the Goat. Happy Chinese New Year Everyone!
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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2014

Legend of Mount Santubong, Kuching, Sarawak

There are actually several beliefs of this legend. Every household might tell a different story. However, the legend’s main characters are still Puteri Santubong (Princess Santubong) and Puteri Sejinjang (Princess Sejinjang).

The most popular version of this legend is that Santubong and Sejinjang are princesses from Kayangan (Heaven). These two princesses had wonderful talents. Santubong was famous for her weaving skills, thus  the cloth that she made were very beautiful, while Sejinjang was known for her talent in pounding rice, and the rice that she pounds became the most delicious rice.

When two villages, namely Pasir Kuning (Yellow Sand) and Pasir Putih (White Sand), were having a fight, the King had sent both princesses to bring peace. Santubong was sent to Pasir Kuning while Sejinjang was sent to Pasir Putih. Because of the princesses’ talents, they were so busy making money that they have no time to fight with the other village. In the end, both villages were peaceful.

However, this did not last long. The two beautiful princesses had many suitor and admirers, but nobody can charm them, until one day, they met Putera Serapi (Prince Serapi). They fell in love with the prince, and the prince was also in love with both of them. He asked both of them to be his wives but both of them refused to share him. They started quarrelling with each other to be the prince’s only wife.

The quarrel turns into a frightful fight as they became violent. Sejinjang hit Santubong’s cheek with her pounder, and even though she was hit, Santubong hit Sejinjang back using her belidak, a tool to weave cloths. The force and sharpness of the belidak broke Sejinjang’s head into a million pieces.

The King was angry with the princesses for fighting over a mere mortal, thus he cursed them into Mount Santubong and Mount Sejinjang. The broken pieces of Sejinjang’s head scattered into the sea and become small islands which are now Pulau Kerak (Monkey Island), Pulau Satang (Satang Island), Pulau Talang-Talang (Talang-Talang Island), Pulau Lakir (Lakir Island) and many others.

Another version of the legend is that Puteri Santubong and Puteri Sejinjang were not immortals as people had believed. They were actually daughters of Sultan Brunei that had run away with their seven brothers after their father had been murdered. In their escape to go across South China Sea, their brothers had abandoned them. The two princesses seek refuge at a mountain which is now known as Mount Santubong. Because of a fight between both sisters, Sejinjang had to find another shelter which is another mountain nearby, now known as Mount Sejinjang. The locals that passed by both mountains to find basic necessities saw the two beautiful girls. Since they never saw them before, they had assumed that both princesses were sent down from heaven.

Nowadays, people who passed by the mountain can see the side profile of a woman. Mount Santubong is one of the national parks in Sarawak, and one of the famous tourists’ destinations nowadays. There are Sarawak Cultural Village, Damai Beach Resort and Damai Central at the foot of Mount Santubong. Also, Pulau Talang-Talang is famous for Irrawaddy dolphins sighting, thus making it another famous tour in Kuching.

For those who are interested to go to Kuching and see for yourself this awesome mountain that had inspired this kind of legend, you can visit this website: 3D2N Cuti Kuching Damai. You get to enjoy the cool breeze in the morning at Damai Beach which is located at the foot of Mount Santubong.

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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2014

Dec 2014 Promo 3D2N Sabah Good Deal RM250

Greetings in this Festive Month! This is the last month of 2014.
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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2014

A taste of Kuala Lumpur right here in Kuching at Golden Jade Restaurant

If you have been working in West Malaysia for several years and are now returning to Sarawak, let us tell you a secret.

If you have been yearning for that Kuala Lumpur Cantonese cooking style dishes, then you can find just the restaurant here in Kuching. It is located Golden Jade Restaurant.

 

Exterior & Interior of Golden Jade Restaurant

Exterior & Interior of Golden Jade Restaurant

 

The taste is a bit on the heavy side, but we thoroughly enjoyed our dinner that night. Let us share with you what we ate.

We had stew pork with mui chye (salted vegetables). Thick succulent stripes of pork stewed to tenderness with salted vegetables. In the olden days, most people love to eat it with plain porridge.

 

Stew pork with mui chye

Stew pork with mui chye

 

Tofu deep fried with anchovies and mince pork. Most restaurants here in Kuching usually deep fried tofu with mincemeat and soya sauce poured on top of the tofu. Here is a slightly different version, we had mince pork and anchovies deep fried with onions and soya sauce, and then poured over the deep fried tofu. It was delicious, and it prompted me to cook the same dish at home over the National Day weekend.

 

Tofu deep fried with anchovies and mince pork

Tofu deep fried with anchovies and mince pork

 

The captain recommended us their new dish, which was Mongolian pork deep fried with pepper and vegetables. We absolutely loved this dish. The taste was more on the heavy side, but we loved the peppery taste of the pork. Ohh lala! I just love it and ate most of it.

 

Mongolian pork deep fried with pepper and vegetables

Mongolian pork deep fried with pepper and vegetables

 

We also ordered this rather new style cooking of kailan vegetables that had its leaves sliced into thin slices and then deep fried with anchovies. Then it is stir fried again with its other branches.

 

Kailan vegetables deep fried with anchovies

Kalian vegetables deep fried with anchovies

 

We wanted to order steamed fish but they only had Tilapia fish that night but we did not like Tilapia fish. This dish like how it is cooked in most Chinese restaurants in Kuala Lumpur, it is steamed, and with lots of sliced ginger over it. Most of the restaurants here in Kuching would steam the fish with tofu, tomatoes, ginger and chilly. The taste would be too bland for us. After a while, you will get bored of eating the same cooking style dish all the time.

We also ordered a sweet corn soup. Flavour was nice, though nothing extra ordinary here.

 

 

Menu for Seafood and Poultry   Menu for Fish and Shark's Fin

Menu for Seafood and Poultry                                 Menu for Fish and Shark's Fin

 

The whole meal cost us only RM88. All in all, we would give it an 8 out of 10 rating. If you are in Kuching and do not know where to go for your meal, do drop by Golden Jade Restaurant and we are sure you will love the food. Be warned though, the taste is more on the heavy side but you will definitely ask for 2nd bowl of rice. Bon Appetit!

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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2014

9 Must-go Places in Sibu, Sarawak

Sibu is the third largest town in Sarawak, besides Miri and Kuching, populated by mainly Chinese, as well as Melanau, Malay and Iban people. The city might not be a famous tourist destination, but there are some places that you have to visit once you are in this Swan City.

 

1.     Lau King Howe Hospital Memorial Museum

This museum is one-of-a-kind medical museum in Malaysia. The place has old medical equipment on display with old photos adorning the walls. Lau King Howe, a generous man who ran a rubber tree plantation in Engkilo, donated a big sum of money to build it, hence the name of the hospital. Furthermore, it was stated in Sarawak’s history that Sir Duncan Steward had received early treatment here when he was stabbed by Rosli Dhoby.

It was interesting to be taken back in time when you see the old instruments, as it lets people imagine the medical facilities in the past, with its limited helping hands and staffs. Visitors can walk through the ward and experience the thrill of walking in the empty hospital, without the nurses and doctors around.

 

Lau King Howe Hospital Memorial Museum

Lau King Howe Hospital Memorial Museum

 

Image credit to Sarawak Tourism

 

2.     Tua Pek Kong Temple

The interesting architecture of the temple with its pagoda is a prime tourist attraction in Sibu. People come here to pray for a better life and for their family and friends or just to admire the unique architecture. For Chinese New Year and other celebrations, the temple is decorated beautifully and you might get to watch the fascinating show on the stage. Moreover, a hundred years old Rain Tree in front of the temple is another appeal at the temple, and although the tree is hard to maintain, the people here see it as a symbol of longevity.

 

Tua Pek Kong Temple, Sibu

Tua Pek Kong Temple, Sibu

3.     Wong Nai Siong Garden

The memorial garden is built in remembrance of the Foochow immigrants in 1901, led by Wong Nai Siong. The beautiful landscape shows the respect the people has to him, as the place is well maintained and clean. For the locals, it is a perfect spot for jogging and evening exercise. Besides, you can walk around the surrounding of the garden where you can find many Foochow foods, such as kampua mee, kompia and many others.

 

Wong Nai Siong Garden

 

Image credit to TripAdvisor

 

4.     Sibu Heritage Centre

This circular building displays the history of Sibu, and the cultural heritage of ethnic groups in Sarawak. The entrance of the museum is free and it is air-conditioned, to create a comfortable environment to the visitors while browsing the gallery. The landscape outside is quite spectacular. There are some handicraft shops selling Sarawak souvenirs including Iban costumes, and some cafés nearby.

 

Sibu Heritage Centre

Sibu Heritage Centre

 

5.     Bukit Lima Forest Park

Situated at Kampung Sentosa, the park attracts mostly joggers, as it is a perfect place for exercising. The visitors can go try the short trek, where you can enjoy quiet and peaceful environment. Furthermore, you might see some birds, lizards, terrapins or even long-tailed macaques there.

 

Bukit Lima Forest Park

Bukit Lima Forest Park

 

Image credit to TripAdvisor

 

6.     Sibu Central Market

Sibu Central Market is the largest indoor market in Malaysia, and be prepare to be awed by the vast span of stalls at the market, selling fresh vegetables, fruits and live poultry. As Sibu is famously known for dabai or Sibu olive, you can find many stalls selling this fruit with different price based on the size and quality of the fruits. Another unique attribute of the market is that you will find chickens or ducks neatly wrapped in newspapers, fastened by nylon strings arranged nicely on the table.

 

Sibu Central Market

Sibu Central Market

 

7.     Taman Bukit Aup Jubilee Park

The park is a favourite place for the locals to relax during weekends. It comprises an amphitheatre, sky steps, pavilion, observation tower, gardens, canteen lagoon, playground and barbeque area. You can see the surrounding plantations and longhouses at the top of the observation tower. The park is quiet and a great place to breathe in some fresh air or just having picnics there. Besides, you can visit 1 Malaysia Culture Village which is just opposite the park.

 

Taman Bukit Aup Jubilee Park

Taman Bukit Aup Jubilee Park

 

Image credit to TripAdvisor

 

8.     Daesco Star Mega Mall

You probably did not visit Sibu to shop, but look out for this new mall in town. This mall is operated by Daesim Group, and it was located at Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman Sibu. There are several stalls and shops, varies from food stalls, electronic, etc.

 

9.     Wisma Sanyan

This is the tallest building in Sarawak. It was opened in 2001, and the building serves many purposes such as shopping mall, restaurant and offices. This building houses Parkson and Giant Supermarket, along with the headquarters of Sarawak’s largest timber companies, Sanyan Group. Furthermore, BASE Jump was held here annually since 2009.

 

Wisma Sanyan

Wisma Sanyan

 

To go to Sibu, you can either board a bus or a plane. From Kuching, the road distance is about 400 kilometres, so if you want to enjoy the scenery of Sarawak’s greenery along the way, you can opt for the 5 hours bus ride from Kuching Sentral. Flights to Sibu from Kuala Lumpur, Johor Bahru and Kuching are also available.

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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2014

Rock Road seafood Restaurant, the upclass restaurant in Kuching

Rock Road seafood restaurant has been around since before we were born. It is located at Jalan Rock, Kuching. It was established in 1960s and previously known as Rock Road Café, taking after the name of the road that the restaurant is located, but in 1983, its name was changed to Rock Road Seafood Restaurant.

 

Its reputation being that they serve good variety of seafood cooked in various different styles. It is more of an upclass restaurant, with even the current Governor as one of its patrons.

 

We visited this restaurant several weeks ago. Here is our review of the place and the food served there. The restaurant consists of 2storey. They have outdoor seating at ground floor and indoor seating on 1st floor and where you can opt for private room if you wish to. The moment you enter the restaurant, you are greeted by a wide array of live seafood, vegetables and fruits placed around a booth of sort to display all that they have. There, you can choose the type of fish or crabs that you want and how you want it cooked. You actually order your food even before you are even seated.

 

Sharksfin soup

Sharksfin Soup

 

Then you are led up to the first floor to your table, where friendly waiters and waitresses in uniform serve you. For starters, we were served pickles made from cabbage. Its more like kimchi to me, though I would prefer pickles made from papaya like how the restaurants in Kota Kinabalu would serve pickled papayas as appetiser.

 

We ordered sharks fin soup for 4 persons. The taste was fine. Lots of crabmeat and sharks fin in the soup. It cost RM52 for 4 of us.

 

Next, we ordered a plate of Hock Chew Style noodles. Taste wise was delicious and our friends thoroughly enjoyed it.

 

Hock Chew Style Noodles

Hock Chew Style Noodles

 

We also ordered Crabs stir fried in satay sauce. We used to come to this restaurant often because of this dish. However, this time around, it tasted different from our last visit, several years ago. The sauce used to be peanuty, and sweet, with very nice flavour and we would dip deep fried golden buns into it. This time around, the sauce seemed a tad thicker, and was not what we had anticipated. There were not enough peanut in the sauce. We would suspect that perhaps there was a change of chef. As they say, the chef will determine how much business your restaurants get and the flavour may differ from one chef to another.

 

Crabs stir fried in satay sauce

Crabs stir fried in satay sauce

 

Deep fried golden buns

Deep fried golden buns to be dipped into the satay sauce

 

One of our favourite dish from this restaurant, is the Lohan vegetarian dish. We used to love this dish very much and would order this dish on each visit. This time around, it tasted different from our last visit. Again, we would attribute this to a different chef.

 

Our next dish was Scallop with broccoli. Just a few broccoli, and a few slices of scallop set us back by RM38. Expensive or not?

 

Lohan vegetarian dish

Lohan vegetarian dish

 

We also ordered Fish pan-fried with soy sauce. The fish was fresh and succulent enough, and tasted good with the soy sauce.

 

Fish pan-fried with soy sauce

Fish pan-fried with soy sauce

 

This night, I was looking forward to my crab dinner but it was not what I expected.  Of all the dishes that we had this night, the thumbs up would be the sharks fin soup and the pan-fried fish.

 

This is an upclass restaurant, and the whole dinner, together with drinks cost us RM283.95. No doubt it was on the high side, but if you enjoyed the food, what is there to complaint right? 

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MONDAY, AUGUST 4, 2014

Eat as much as you want and pay any amount you like at Lovely Vegetarian Restaurants Kuching

This is not a new concept and has been around in Europe since several years back. Usually this concept is practiced by organizations wanting to do charitable deeds as they believe in doing kindness to mankind.

 

Lovely Vegetarian Restaurants entrance  Lovely Vegetarian Restaurants Charity Banner

 

Lovely Vegetarian Restaurants is one such restaurant. It is located right behind Hock Lee Centre, along Jln Datuk Abang Abdul Rahim Kuching. They practice the concept that you can eat as much as you want and pay whatever amount that you like or can afford to. It is up to you.

 

 

Lovely Vegetarion Restaurants Interior 1    Lovely Vegetarion Restaurants Interior 2

 

They are opened only from 11:00am -1:30pm . Their lunch is buffet style and self service. You help yourselves to the food and after you finish eating, you just need to wash the plates or utensils after you finish eating. They serve about 10 dishes, 2 soups, tea, coffee, dessert and some ice drinks.

 

Food served at Lovely Vegetarion Restaurants

 

Variety of food served at Lovely Vegetarion Restaurants

 

The restaurants can sit over 100 persons and sometimes the local folks can celebrate their wedding or birthday functions here. The environment is quite cozy for dining as it is all air-conditioned. The place is also very clean.

 

Self service

 

 

If you enjoy healthy vegetarian meal, come check out this restaurant with a unique concept.

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THURSDAY, JULY 10, 2014

7 reasons why you must visit Sarawak Cultural Village, Kuching

If you are sightseeing in Kuching make sure to add Sarawak Cultural Village to your bucket list because Sarawak Cultural Village is a must visit place when you are in Kuching. The cultural village showcases the arts of different longhouses and guests will get to experience the way of living of the local tribe. Furthermore, entertaining yet educational cultural show in an air-conditioned theater is the perfect closing for your trip!

 

1. Summary of Culture in Sarawak

Sarawak Cultural Village is a place for tourists to see the lifestyles of most ethnic tribes in Sarawak. It is not called a living museum for nothing. Each house has residents, where the staffs of Sarawak Cultural Village wear traditional clothes, based on the ethnic house they “reside” in. Sometimes if you are lucky, you might find a man wearing traditional cloth playing sape at the Iban house.

 

2. Amazing performances

They have live performances every day. Each performance is a mixture of suspense and entertainment. After the dance, one guy would hold a blow dart as if he was going to blow the dart at your face. However, be rest assured that the blow dart is empty. Then, he will show you his amazing skills at blowing darts by popping balloons that are quite far from where he is standing.

Even though their routine is the same for every performance, you will not get bored as they will invite one lucky audience to come up on stage and play the blow dart. Each of the performers looks like they are having fun on stage, with bright smiles plastered on their faces.

Cultural show performed by dancers wearing traditional clothes

Cultural show performed by dancers wearing traditional clothes

 

3. Traditional food and handicraft

There are traditional foods sold at the houses. You can try these delicious foods, made by the locals while you browse through the house. They are kuih jala (rice cookies), kuih ros (rose cookies) and kuih sepit (love letter). You can watch them being prepared by the ladies at the house. Try it while it is still hot!

There are also beautiful beadwork and pua kumbu on display. Each design has tribe motives with colourful beads. You can even buy them as souvenir.

Kuih jala or rice cookies sold at one of the house  Rice cookie being prepared in a small wok

Kuih jala or rice cookies sold at one of the house

 

Kuih Chuan or rose shaped cookies  Kuih Chuan being deep fried in a wok after dipping the chuan / acuan (mold) in batter

Kuih Chuan or rose shaped cookies

 

4. Rainforest World Music Festival

Sarawak Cultural Village is home to the famous annual Rainforest World Music Festival where performers from all over the world gather here to perform their traditional music. Also, these performances will captivate you and the music will raise your spirits. You might even be dancing along with them in no time.

 

5. View house architectures

Each ethnic group has their own house designs. For example, rumah panjai lives up to its name as it is a very long house. However, the longhouse at the village is not as long as the common longhouse in Sarawak since it will took so much space in the area.

The house consists of many units, resides by different families. They have one long veranda in front of the houses, where families gather and celebrations are held.

Melanau house is also a sight to see. They traditionally lived near the sea, so the house was built uo to forty metres above the ground.

 

Orang Ulu Longhouse  Melanau Tall House

Orang Ulu Longhouse (left) and Melanau Tall House (right)

 

BIdayuh Longhouse  Malay House

Bidayuh Longhouse (left) and Malay House (right)

 

6. Recreation place

The location of Sarawak Cultural Village is just opposite Damai Central, a place for sea dipping and occasional bike riding. Families often visit this place for picnic, and there is a food court here where you can try the local delicacies at a reasonable price.

 

Beach at Damai Central

The beautiful beach at Damai Central

 

7. Great view

With Mount Santubong as its backdrop and rainforests surrounding the village, the picturesque view will take your breath away. The calm and peaceful lake in the middle of the village is rather beautiful, especially for people who love photography.

 

The bustling entrance with Mount Santubong at the back

The bustling entrance with Mount Santubong at the back

 

 

Sarawak Cultural Village is a must-visit place in Kuching. Leaving Kuching without visiting the village is akin to eating red bean ice without the red beans. It is a one-of-a-kind experience where you get to see a summary of Sarawak culture in one place.

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