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THURSDAY, MARCH 21, 2013

Kuching Cat Icon Monument Wears a New Hat

 

 

 Kuching City’s famous Cat Icon Statue recently received a new urban art makeover from a group of Kuching volunteering knitters. The new look of the Cat Statue, now has a new purple with cream and a white hat, as well as a golden yellow purplish scarf that makes it looks like a Boy Scouts team.

 

 This Kuching City Cat Statue iconic monument wears different costumes for different occasions. Before this, it was the Chinese New Year festival season. The Cat Statue was well decorated with Chinese costume in conjunction with the holiday festival season.

 

 The art makeover volunteered by the group of Kuching knitters, was led by Crafthub director, Heidi Munan. They stitched a nine metre strip of yarn into a hat and another three metre into a scarf. To ensure the hat is well placed on the Cat Statue, it was reinforced with metal wires making sure it will last long under the humid weather in Sarawak.

 

 Materials used were from recycle and unwanted items such as thrown away water bottles and pompoms.

 

 Miss Heidi Munan, the director and leader of the club for Crafthub, mentioned the idea to start out and decorated the Kuching Landmark Cat Statue was proposed by a group of non-government organisations since last year.

 

 It took the group 6 months to complete the costume. During that period of time, they met up once a week to do the stitches and some of them who were looking forward to it eventually decided to continue the job at home with the given materials.

 

 The only cost involved was labour as the beautifully produced yarn was made from recycled items or a half completed work and unwanted yarns.

 

 Heidi was inspired by the design from the latest urban street art called yarn bombing. Originally yarn bombing was used to decorate trees and benches made of colourful knitted and crotched yarn or fibre clothes.

 

 “It is hoped that this attempt on urban street art would not only promote the art but also entice city folks to take up this new interests and expand its use in the future as an embellishment to the cityscape and the promotion of the city’s culture and tourism” she said.

 

 Their hands are currently tight with charitable works at the Children Cancer’s ward of the Sarawak General Hospital, by knitting colourful patched blankets and hats. After that, they will move on to stitching soft toys.

 

 Those who are interested to learn stitching may drop by at the Sarawak Museum Café on Wednesday from 10 am to learn stitching from Heidi.

 

 Kuching South City Council (MBKS) Mayor Dato James Chan advised public not to touch or remove the hat or scarf.

 

 “You are welcomed to come and take photos but don’t disturb it. Do not take it away,” said Chan.

 

 As a show of support, the group also presented a hand-knitted blue, white and red coloured hat to Chan.

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TUESDAY, MARCH 12, 2013

7 Popular Things You Must Know About Sarawak

  Sabah and Sarawak is an archipelago island which combined both places and well known for its nick name as Borneo to outsiders. Its nick named Borneo, have been around since the time of James Brooke who was an explorer and the founder of Borneo Island. The captivating beauty of the inner parts of modern day Borneo Island still remains a mystery. And that is why; adventure awaits you deep in the hearts of Borneo Island itself. But then again it depends on where you are going.

 

  In short, it is an island that one will find it filled with so many exciting things to do and find it hard to decide on what will be next or where to go after this. So here is some guidance for you to get to know Borneo, especially Sarawak first and what makes it so popular that even tourist finds it so tempting!

 

1. Food.

 

  As always places like Sibu and Kuching has a lot of food varieties. Walk around and down a few blocks away you will see food to your left and right. In Kuching, popular foods among the locals consist of Kolo Mee, Kueh Chap, Laksa, Tomato Noodle, Kek Lapis, and not forgetting the well-known traditional food chicken bamboo.

 

  As for Sibu, it is definitely the simple Kampua noodle and its taste is more than what it looks, the black Canarium which is also known by the locals as Buah Dabai, and the local Sibu made burger known as Kompia stuffed with pork savoury which is a must try during your travel.

 

  A good reminder when it comes to food. You might find this impossible but it is possible in Sarawak. You will only need to bring at least RM10-12 (Malaysian Ringgit) for two person when it comes to meal. The average price for a bowl of noodle or a decent complete rice meal with meat will cost you at RM5.

 

Sarawak Laksa at its best and very popular. Not to be missed!

 

2. Tribal Dance

 

  Coming down to Sarawak for sightseeing will not be complete if you do not visit longhouse in Sarawak. From here, you will get the unique taste of rice and sugarcane wine also known as Tuak. Other than that, you will definitely get to learn a lot of new things such as blowpipe activity, and a must do is the tribal dance known as Ngajat.

 

  There are in fact several types of Ngajat dances, among them:

 

Ngajat Induk
Ngajat bebunoh
Ngajat Lesong
Ngajat Semain
Ngajat Berayah
Ngajat Ngemai antu pala

 

Ngajat, Tribal Dance. Your journey to Sarawak will only be complete after doing the Ngajat Dance.

 

  To see them performing  the Ngajat Dance depends on which Iban tribe you are staying with.

 


3. Bario

 

  If you travel slightly up north, there is a small town known as Bario. The best way to get there is to fly. It may not seem much other than experiencing the quiet and green environment but you will be surprise as to how much you can actually really do over here. You will get to see how salts are made traditionally.

 

  Best part of all; be sure not to miss out the collected Bario rice. The rice in Bario is unlike any other rice. It is small, thin and slightly long compared to normal local produce rice. Other than that, its compact size is what makes the rice not only unique in its shape but perfect for meal.

 

  Buying a packet of Bario rice from a local supermarket can be costly. A packet that weighs at least 3 to 5 kg is nearly at RM 40/- (Malaysian Ringgit). So be sure not to miss it out if you ever set your foot on Bario itself.

 

Bario Rice. The finest of all.

 

4. Water Taxi Ride in Kuching

 

  Another unique part in Sarawak is located in the Kuching city itself. As you stroll down the Waterfront Area, you will see a Taxi River. It is a small yellow boat with a Taxi signboard on its top just like a normal cab on land except that this one runs on the Sarawak River itself!

 

  If you are wondering “Are there anymore Rivers Taxi in Sarawak?” The answer is “Well, you are looking at one right now and only in Kuching”. But be sure to check on its operating hours. That is the most important part of all. Or if you would not want to miss a chance, book a ride with your local travel agents.

 

5.  Surrey Bike

 

  It is an addition to our latest culture in Kuching. Riding a Surrey Bike is a rare sight indeed. The Surrey Bicycle is unlike your typical two wheel type. It is with a roof top and runs on four wheels. Other than walking, visitors may now eventually rent a Surrey Bike to go around Kuching city area for one hour.

 

  Moreover, the Surrey Bicycle is the first of its kind to be both in Malaysia and Sarawak.

 

Kuching Surrey Bicycle. A new experience in town not to be missed.

 

6. Mulu Cave

 

  Mulu Cave still remains a mystery to a lot of people. We all do know Mulu Cave was declared as an UNESCO Heritage site long ago, but its depths and size still remains a mystery. In year 2011, one of the section in Mulu Cave was known as the Sarawak Chamber. It was declared as the biggest cave chamber in history.

 

  Even until today, part of the Mulu Cave section known as the Deer Cave is still known as the biggest cave in the world.

 

  Although Mulu Cave was declared as the biggest cave in the world still, no one knows how far and deep can this cave leads to. Studies and researching on the site is still currently on going, though some argue that Son Doong Cave in Vietnam is the largest in the world.

 

Mulu Cave. Excavation project is still under going. No one knows its full depth and heights yet.

 

7. Bujang Senang

 

  Was it a myth or a true story? Bujang Senang is a very well-known story among the Iban villagers residing along the river of Batang Lupar in Sri Aman. It was rumoured the crocodile, known as Bujang Senang was killed in year 1992. It had a very unique white stripe on its back and was roughly 20 feet long!

 

  Then again, although its skull was displayed in the Sarawak Museum Kuching, the locals believed its descendants and family line are still roaming around within the area.

 

  Rumours have that Bujang Senang was actually never caught and sometimes local villagers will tend to catch a glimpse of a huge mysterious white albino coloured crocodile.

 

  For the fishermen who resided in the village, if they caught a baby croc in their fishing net, they will let it go making sure no bad omen shall fall unto their family.

 

  Finally, the name Bujang Senang became so popular and it was used as a local football team name.

 

Bujang Senang or known as Happy Bachelor in English Skull. A crocodile that was killed in year 1992. Believed by the local residents in Batang Lupar, he is still roaming around freely until today. Picture courtesy from Museum Sarawak.

(Picture: Skull of Bujang Senang a.k.a Happy Bachelor credited to Sarawak Museum.)

Bujang Senang Football Club. Named after the popular crocodile.

 (Picture credited to Borneo Post: Football team Bujang Senang in action!)


   Those are the 7 unique local wonders about Sarawak that is worth to know. If you would like to know more, you can actually take a flight to Sarawak and find out by yourself what other wonders you can find! And if you do, do not forget to share it with us and your friends about Sarawak itself and how you define it! Hope to see you all coming down to Sarawak! Cheers!

 

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MONDAY, MARCH 4, 2013

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