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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY2, 2013

Surrey Bike Tour for Greener Kuching

 

Kuching City, the capital of Sarawak is a beautiful city with varieties of secrets. One will never know not until landed in Kuching itself. Located at the Main Bazaar Street opposite Ghee Hoe Hin is a mysterious looking newly opened shop. This week in the beating heart of Kuching City itself, I had an exclusive interview with the Surrey Bike owner.

 

Melvin: Good afternoon sir.

 

Mr Gerald Loew: Good afternoon.

 

Melvin: My name is Melvin and I am from Kuching itself. I heard of your newly opened Surrey Bike shop so I would like to know more about it. But first may I know a little bit about you? 

 

Mr Gerald Loew: My name is Gerald Loew and you can call me Gerald. I am 48 years old and this is my lovely personal assistant. She is my wife. Her name is Mrs Maizan or you can call her Maizan age 38. So, what would you like to know?

 

Melvin: For starters, where are you from?

 

Mr Gerald Loew: I am from Austria itself and my wife here is from Kelantan. We moved to   Indonesia for about one and half years ago. We opened up a small clinic and decided to do it for free to help needy people. We used traditional medical methods to treat our patient.

 

Melvin: So what makes you and your family decided to come down to Kuching and take up the task?

 

Mr Gerald Loew: We heard that there are people in Kuching who needed our services so that was when we decided to get out of our comfort zone and do something new.

 

Melvin: What about the three lovely looking bicycles displayed outside? What are your concepts or ideas behind it?

 

Mr Gerald Loew: Our main idea for the bicycle is for health reasons in the first place. People in this world today, have been using motorbikes, cars and other means of public transports are not in a very good health condition. So, we started the idea with the thought of helping society, by giving them a healthier lifestyle to go around Kuching. What other better ways to view this beautiful city? Besides, we do believe by cycling it also helps to save the environment and creating a greener Kuching.

 

 

Melvin: When you first opened this shop, has it ever occurred to you that people here will mistook it as a rickshaw?

 

Mr Gerald Loew: It happened several numbers of times when we first opened it. It was normal   to us.

 

Melvin: Can you tell us a little bit more about the Surrey Bikes? For an example, its weight and how many people can sit in it?

 

Mr Gerald Loew: Sure! Would love to! These very popular trends of Surrey Bike originated from Austria, weighs at least 130 kilograms for the bigger size. The smaller size is at least 80 kilograms. The bicycle is unlike your ordinary two wheeled type. It comes with a roof, comfortable leather seats, brakes and steering wheel to go around. It is like driving a car.

 

 

Currently, Mr Gerald Loew owns only three of the Surrey Bikes in Kuching which comes in traffic light colours. The bigger size can carry up to four adults and two kids, while the smaller ones which weights at 80 kilos can carry 2 adults and 2 kids. Having a Surrey Bike is a good way for families or couples to go around.

 

Melvin: What is the cost like for one?

 

Mr Gerald Loew: The two smaller units cost RM 7000 while the bigger ones, like that red one over there is at least RM 8000.

 

Melvin: Do you have further plans for these three bikes of yours?

 

Mrs Maizan: My husband was suggesting to me that we can put up head lights on the bike. So that, tourists and public does not only ride it during the day but during the night as well. And perhaps a little bit in future, we have ideas on putting up a simple radio so that when they ride on it, at least they have some entertainment.

 

Melvin: Do you use it to fetch up your kids?

 

Mrs Maizan: Yes we do. Our children enjoy the ride a lot. Even when their classmates wanted to try it out. So we told them to just hop in and give them a short ride.

 

 

Melvin: How much is the rental for these three Surrey Bikes?

 

Mr Gerald Loew: The red Surrey Bike which is slightly bigger than the yellow and green is at RM 25 per hour while the other two is at RM 20                               per hour.

 

Melvin: Do you have any future plans for your Surrey Bike business?

 

Mr Gerald Loew: Yes we do. We are planning to expand the Surrey Bike culture and would like to do it at my wife’s hometown in Kelantan. It will be   interesting to see people in Malaysia trying something new.

 

Melvin: I see. Well, our interview comes to an end and I would to give my personal thanks to you for allowing me to interview you personally and see how does this Surrey Bike works.

 

Mr Gerald Loew: You’re welcome. Would you like to try it for yourself?

 

Melvin: Would love too!

 

When Mr Gerald Loew mentioned the Surrey Bike is not your typical bike he was not kidding at all. It was difficult and heavy. I tried the 80 kilograms. Even to reverse it was hard enough. The Surrey Bike really makes you sweat too. But it was a good experience to try out something new. So, be sure not to miss the spot at the Main Bazarr Kuching! For more information, do contact Mr Gerald Loew for bookings at 016-875 3721 or do contact us for more information at ask@SarawakBorneoTour.com

 

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7 Reasons to Visit Mahakam River

 

 The Mahakam River is the largest river in East Kalimantan, Indonesia. In the Upper Mahakam River, there is a Dayak Vilage named Long Apari. There are three beautiful side rivers named Apari, Hubung and Kasau. Distance from Balikpapan to Mahakam River will take at least 2 hours and 11 minutes of journey by using car, starting from the South part of Balikpapan itself.

 

 Most of the Dayaks on the upper part of Mahakam river lives on agricultural resources such as birds’ nests, rattan, and gold washing.

 

 If you’re planning to travel here, carrying basic needs can be very challenging and expensive at times.

 

 Long Bagun is located 300 km away from the Spring of Mahakam. It will be the final destination along this river. Long Iram is a small city further down the route. It is much easier for bigger ships to cross this area during the rainy season.It will be difficult for huge ships to travel down this area during the dry season. Canoes with motorboat are always ready as a secondary mode of transportation.

 

  There is a wide river, along the destination of Long Iram. The brown murky water now turns into the visible beautiful panoramic view of the sea. A distant village can now be seen. The distance between the Long Iram and Samarinda, is about 475 km and if it is by sea travel it will be more than that.

 

 Muara Pahu is a lively village and located at the side river that flows through Mahakam. Stopping by here, visitors will get to see local villagers and cheerful children playing along the bridge and about their daily lives.

 

 First thing to do here is to stay a little bit longer and enjoy some food around here. The long various food stalls here will give you great varieties of food to choose.

 

 Travelling down the stream is a river connected to four big lakes. The four big lakes are important for transportation and connect into the next stream that leads down to the north side rivers of Muara Kaman with another two more streams named Kedang Kepala and Belayan.

 

 Visiting and having dinner at Senoni Village is the second thing to do. Most boat owners will make a quick stop for dinner at Senoni which is about 30 km downstream from Muara Kaman. About 30 km downstream from Muara Kaman, is where travellers will find a good can of cold beer served with fresh river lobsters from the locals here.The place alone is actually a great place to dine in.

 

 If you travel further down the stream of Mahakam River, here you will get to see the authentic Muara Muntai wooden village. To get here you need to cross the Jempang Lake.

 

 Feeling a little adventurous? Try out the Ohong Creek. It is a preserved rainforest of over a thousand years old. If the season is right, you will find wild Orang Utans and wild leopards roaming around freely.

 

 You would not want to miss visiting the Mancong Village, one of the oldest Dayak Longhouse of East Kalimantan is a place. You will be given a warmth traditional welcome ceremony by the Dayak people here. Even better, you get to try out their authentic food recipe from the Dayak tribe. You will be one with the local tribes.

 

 

 If your visit into the deep areas of Mahakam is over, do not forget to make a rendezvous point to Muara Pahu. This area is actually an observation center for dolphins. It is known as the Fresh Water Dolphins information center and open to all travellers. If you are lucky enough, you might encounter one dolphin at the Delta of Bolowan River.

 Other than that, food in the area of Mahakam river is a must try especially the delicious traditional Soto Banjar with soup. Different locations have different flavour of it. It is an iconic dish not to be missed out.

 

 

 So, are you ready to pack your gear and travel deep into the Mahakam River? If you are, do fly with us to Balikpapan and book your tickets at www.maswings.com.my for more flight details.

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Free Tickets Giveaway to Balikpapan Indonesia by Maswings Airline

 MASwings officially declared and opened its new route with a direct flight from Kuching and Kota Kinabalu to Balikpapan. MASwings made its announcement during its press conference on the 14 January 2013 at Kuching Hilton Hotel. On 15th January 2013, MASwings opened its attractive flight at RM 312 inclusive of returning air ticket. The flights are now opened on every Tuesdays, Fridays, and Sundays.

 

 The route opened is a direct flight from Kota Kinabalu and Kuching to Balikpapan. The journey from Kota Kinabalu to Balikpapan will take at least 2 hours and 10 minutes. Flights from Kuching to Balikpapan will take at least 2 hours and 20 minutes.

 

 The sole purpose of such promotion is to introduce to the outside world what Balikpapan is all about and attracting international tourists from Balikpapan coming in to Sarawak and Sabah. In addition to it, MASwings is also looking at this opportunity as a way to boost the tourism industry in Sarawak.

 

 To spice things up, MASwings is organising sweepstakes on Facebook with Free Tickets to be given away.

 The sweepstakes was officially launched by MASwings on its Facebook page on 28thJanuary 2013 and will end on the 17thFebruary 2013. Since it is the beginning of year 2013, it is a time perfect time for contestants to try out their luck and win themselves a going and return air ticket to from Kuching and Kota Kinabalu to Balikpapan.

 

 All the contestants have to do is to click on “Like” the MASwings Facebook Fan Page before proceeding to the next part. After “Liking” and “Sharing” only then contestant will be taken into a new page to fill up the form at http://www.facebook.com/MASwings/app_415371831874431 with terms and conditions applied.

 

Other than that, there are simple quizzes for contestants to answer.

 

 Selected winners may fly from the 1stMarch 2013 until 30th May 2013.

 

 The good news is, the current on-going sweepstakes, is open to all nations!

 

 Contestants or fans of MASwings need to follow closely on the latest updates and promotions available on Facebook to get the latest updates and offers.   

 

 If contestants missed the sweepstakes updates or did not manage to win do not worry. There will be other contest later for them to join in future. Details for other promotions will only be revealed once it is confirmed. So for all past and future contestants, be sure to be on the lookout for any upcoming events.

 

 Contestants’ best option is to just keep track and see what MASwings is currently doing and what are their newest updates on the Facebook pages.

 

 For latest flight updates and bookings, you can log on to www.maswings.com.my for more details. Aside from that, please do not forget to click on “Like” MASwings and support on the Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/MASwings. Any inquiries or suggestion are always welcome and MASwings will do their very best to tend to your needs and see what they can do about it. Cheers and all the best to contestant and who are currently joining the sweepstakes Hope to see you all winners aboard with MASwings flying from Kota Kinabalu and Kuching to Balikpapan city by then!

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