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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 14, 2013

Shopping mall attractions in Kuching, Sarawak for the Shopaholics

Kuching, Sarawak has been rapidly growing in the past few years and the opening of a large number of shopping malls in the city makes Kuching one of the ideal destinations for shoppers and window shoppers to fill their desire and spend their money.

 

Together with MASWings, we are taking you to the Cat City and look around a number of shopping malls in Kuching.

Sarawak Plaza Kuching

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The first shopping mall in Kuching, Sarawak that we would like to introduce to you is Sarawak Plaza. Located in the city area, Sarawak plaza is a 4 floor mall next to Grand Margherita Hotel. In 2008, Sarawak Plaza had undergone an interior makeover for a couple of months giving it new life thus re inviting more customers back into the mall. Most of the tenants in the malls are selling clothes, shoes, toys and gift shops. 

Tun Jugah Shopping Mall Kuching

 

The second shopping mall, Tun Jugah, Kuching, is just across the street from Sarawak Plaza. Tun Jugah Mall is named after a national hero who was involved in the independence and formation of Malaysia. The shopping mall comprises of 3 Levels with the first made up mainly of food and beverages. The second floor compromise of electronics, clothes, optical stores, toys, and a hair design centre. The third floor is made up mostly of Popular Book Store with a food court situated at the back.

Plaza Merdeka Kuching

 

The third shopping mall that we would like you to keep in view is Plaza Merdeka, Kuching. Plaza Merdeka has a number of floors ranging from the lower ground to the fourth floor. It is one of the shopping mall that houses many tenants and thus making it easier to choose and find products that you would like to buy. Its tenants are mostly upmarket branded store.

The Spring Shopping Mall Kuching

 

The Spring Shopping Mall, the fourth mall that we will be introducing is located at Simpang Tiga, Kuching. The Spring shopping mall which was opened in 2008 is said to be one of the best lifestyle shopping mall in Kuching. The Spring shopping mall houses a number of branded products and various items from electronics to books and entertainment. Besides that, on the top level, it also houses MBO cinemas for movie goers to enjoy themselves.

CityOne Shopping Mall Kuching

 

The fifth shopping mall, CityOne, is located at Jalan Song, Kuching. It is designed after the Bird Nest Olympic Stadium in Beijing and comprises of two sections. It is said to soon be the largest mall in Kuching upon completion. A shopping mall housing various different tenants, it has also recently open up Golden Screen Cinema at the top floor thus making more members of the public to stop by CityOne to watch movies.

 

OneJaya is another shopping mall located at Jalan Song, Kuching. It is a 4-story building and the management of OneJaya is dedicated in bringing people in the surrounding neighborhood to enjoy a different experience in shopping.

 

The next shopping mall introduced is Kuching Sentral which is located at 6th Mile near to Kuching International Airport. Also a bus terminal, Kuching Sentral is a stop for those wanting to travel to other parts of the state via buses or coaches. Although it is used as a bus terminal, you will be surprise at what kind of products that you can find in the mall.

Boulevard Shopping Mall Kuching

 

One of the popular shopping malls in Kuching is Boulevard Shopping Mall. Boulevard Mall, located just 5 minutes from Kuching International Airport is a perfect destination for those looking for a mid-range priced products. The shopping mall will be one of the main attractions in Kuching as it is still expanding and more entertainment in the shopping will be available in the near future.

The Summer Mall Kuching

 

Another shopping mall which was recently opened is The Summer Shopping Mall. Located at Kota Samarahan, Kuching, The Summer is a three-story landmark building looking to cater to the needs of the people in the area. The Summer Shopping Mall will also house the region’s largest Lotus Five Star Cineplex and also the Summer Lagoon Water Theme Park.

Eastern Mall Kuching

 

Eastern Mall, Siburan is one of the newest shopping mall in Kuching. Located at 17th Mile, Eastern Mall is a single story shopping mall and is fully air –conditioned. Eventhough it is a small one-story shopping mall, it houses a number of tenants and is worth checking out.

 

A well-known shopping mall has also branched out to Kuching which is the Giant Hypermarket. In Kuching alone, there are two branches of Giant Hypermarket which is at Tabuan Jaya and at Kota Padawan. Giant houses a number of tenants mainly in the food and beverage, fashion, and electronics department.

 

These are some of the shopping malls in Kuching and each has their own unique architectural build and selling various kinds of different things. It is worth visiting all of these malls and who knows you might find something that you are really searching for all this while. With MASWings, purchase your tickets at www.maswings.com.my to Kuching now and search for various kinds of products and entertainments available at each mall.

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FRIDAY, JUNE 14, 2013

The Land of Wind - Bario, Sarawak

The town of Bario, located on the northern part of Sarawak, is not only the home of Kelabit and Penan tribes (both belonging to the Orang Ulu ethnic group) but also the source of  exotic food and crafts. Lying at an altitude of about 3,500 feet above sea level in the north-eastern corner of Sarawak is the famous Bario Highland. Bario is blessed with cool weather with temperatures that could go down as low as 11° Celsius. It has 14 villages with a population of 2,000 people.

Bario Sarawak

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The name Bario is a combination of the words ‘Ba’ and ‘Rio’. ‘Ba’ means paddy field, while ‘Rio’ means wind. The majority of residents in Bario is of Kelabit descendant, one of the minority Orang Ulu tribes of Sarawak, formerly known as headhunters and warriors in the past but now successful planters and farmers. Although the highlands are named after the Kelabits, it is actually home to many other groups such as the Penan and Lun Bawang. The Lun Bawang, who are the same group as the Lun Dayeh in Sabah, are the predominant people around Ba Kelalan in the northern part of the highlands. All of them are collectively known as the "Orang Ulu" or "People of the Highlands".

 

A gateway to Kelabit highlands is made possible by flying to Bario with MASWings from Miri.

 

Most of the area's accommodation is found in and around Bario, and it is the main starting point for treks throughout the area. You can go kayaking or immerse in the historical tales of the monoliths that dot the area. The place has incredible organic food such as the famous Bario rice and pineapple.

 

One of their annual events is the internationally known Bario Food Festival also known as 'Pesta Nukenen', held in July each year since year 2005. Nukenen means food in Kelabit. It was relatively small when it first began but now it has become larger, made popular with the fact that visitors could get the chance to savour the famous Bario rice and pineapple during the festival while taking in the wonderful highland setting.

The Land of Wind Bario Sarawak

 

The festival had grown larger in scale and included jungle-trekking packages, historical site visits and longhouse homestay experience. It attracted visitors not just from Malaysia but also as far Japan, England, Australia and Denmark. All visitors were pleasantly surprised to find that the local food that they savoured were not only cooked traditionally albeit using wooden stove, but also served on leaves and bamboos, making the entire experience refreshingly eco-friendly. Fish, venison and other hunted animals were also cooked in the mixture of various ingredients indigenous to Bario.During Nukenen Fest, various products – from crops to wild products to Orang Ulu crafts – were exhibited and sold at the E-Bario Telecentre.

 

It can get quite chilly in the evening so do bring a sweater. Daytimes are usually warm and humid, especially when struggling through thick forests while trekking. The rainy season is between October and February.

Pay a visit to Bario, Sarawak by flying with MASWings to visit the 'Pesta Nukenen'and experience the life of Sarawak inland.

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10, 2013

Let us Tee Off With MASwings Special Promo Fare

  Have you picked your travel dates yet or are you still planning your destination? Are you looking for that affordable flight tickets? Well folks here it is! It is time to Tee Off with MASwings promo fare!
Let’s Tee Off With MASwings promo fare price are from Kuching to Balikpapan at RM 99, Kuching to Pontianak at RM 160, and Kuching to Bandar Seri Begawan at RM 145!
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You may start your booking now as seats are limited and travel any time before the end of July 2013!
 
 
 
 
 
 
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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2012

Exotic Fruits Buah Dabai

What is Buah DABAI?

Have you ever wonder what is that mysterious, shining looking seeds packed up in the boxes that come in red or yellow colour? The answer to your question is Buah Dabai also known as Canarium. In Sarawakian Hokkien Chinese it is called Or Kanna.

Many tend to get confused by the appearance of Dabai. Some call it as a type of vegetation and some will look at it as a fruit and wondering if it is edible. Some even think that it is a type of avocado. Then again it is none of the above.

Buah Dabai is a type of exotic fruits that grows in certain part of the region and consists of 75 types of species.

The fruit tree itself is so large and grows on thick green trees up to 40-50 meters height, with alternate, pinnate leaves.

Its furry leaves are thin and twigs covered with golden brown.

How do I prepare?

Now that you know what Buah Dabai is, so how are you going to eat it and how edible is it?

The Buah Dabai is very edible. No worry as it is safe for eating.

To eat it is simple. Even making it is just like making tea using ready-made tea sachets. Preparation will take a minute or two. Then you are good to go to eat it.

All what you need to do is just fill your Dabai inside a container mix it with hot water. Add a little bit of soy sauce and add either sugar or salt! Close the lid and go do other things while waiting.

Then again, the very fragrant of Dabai depends on your preparation, either sweet or salty.

Cooking is magical. You can even melt a man’s heart with it. As people said, the heart of a man is through his stomach. In Malaysia, the experience of cooking varieties of food is a walk to remember. Here is how you can do it!

As you know, Malaysia is a very well-known mix of culture. As a result we have the Traditional Nasi-Goreng (Fried Rice). Be it Tribal, Malay, Chinese, Indian and even the Free Style! The dish is so simple and flexible that it has no specific methods of preparing it.

As usual, dunk the Dabai inside the hot warm water and close the lid. Except that this it is just plain tasteless Dabai. Once it is ready, peel off everything and leaving only the seed. Both the seed and flesh are actually edible. Once your fried rice is already inside, you can mix it with your ready peeled off Dabai. Stir your fried rice well along with the Dabai inside it to get that perfect blend of taste and aroma.

In Sarawak, if you can find the right place, you will see, Nasi Goreng Dabai on the menu.

The seed is edible. You will have to cut it into half and dig out the flesh inside it using tooth pick. The Dabai inner seed flesh contains lots of calcium which is good for health!

Where to buy?

Dabais are like Durians and it is not your everyday fruit. You will only get it once a year. The price of Dabai ranges differently in kilograms and depends on the seller. But once it is towards the end of the fruit peak season, it gets cheaper as the exotic fruits cannot last for more than a week.

Normally, the best quality Dabai comes from places in Sarawak such as Kapit, Betong, Oya, Sibu, Sarikei, and Kanowit. The freshness of Dabai depends on how the packaging is doneand the soil quality. If you are a far traveller, and you want to try out the Dabai by bringing it back home, you need to pack it properly and make sure it is not exposed to heat. If you do, the Dabai will eventually cook even for a little.

It is a very sensitive fruit even with very little heat exposure; the fruits will be cook with direct sunlight! So do pack and wrap it well.

Why there is a yellow and red flesh Dabai?

The colour is not something for you to worry on. If it is yellow, the flesh is usually thicker than the red ones.

What are you waiting for?! Book your tickets now and come over to Sarawak and have a taste of it.

 

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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2012

What is Funniest video contest all about?

 

Funniest video contest is a fun contest for you to WIN 20 ROLLS of DELICIOUS SWEET Kek Lapis Sarawak couriered all the way to your home. 

So do quickly submit a short video of you or your family members or friends or even your pet in action. Tickle us with laughter and get the most votes to win those yummy famous Sarawak Kek Lapis Sarawak. Contest runs from 14 Nov - 20 Nov 2012. So Hurry!

Just grab your smarphone or hp and take a short ORIGINAL VIDEO in less than 3 mins of either you/ your family/friends/ pets  in action.

Upload to YouTube.

Then copy the url and paste it here.

Share on your wall, Promote to your friends to vote for you. You get 1 extra points for every referral friend of yours who submit an entry.

The video with the highest VOTES win!

So go ahead and share the Cake with your friends!

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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2012

Top 10 tips on How to Travel to Sabah on a Budget

 

Have you ever thought of travelling to Sabah with big family members? You might say it is too expensive to have a holiday in Sabah. Fear not, here are some tips you can use to maximise your travel to Sabah with the minimum of spending!
 
As you look around for a bargain tour package, make sure you do it when budget airlines are having their special promotions. Airlines such as Air Asia (www.AirAsia.com) and MasWings airline (www.MasWings.com.my) or www.MalaysiaAirlines.com do offer regular cheap tickets promotion for Sabah flights. Do keep an eye open for any special flights offer online. The savings are indeed worth it. However, AirAsia tend to have promotions 6 months to 1 year ahead of flight schedule. If you are 110% sure that you are flying on that specific date, do go ahead and book online but every changes done later will cost you money. I have also found out that sometimes, it is better to book your flights after the travel fair. The fare was actually cheaper which was what I found out recently.
 
You should read about Sabah from the various available tour guidebooks. Then you’ll have an idea of which wonderful but affordable places in Sabah you can travel to. You’ll learn which place offers you the most value for money in terms of food and accommodation. So, you’d better start reading up on guidebooks such as Lonely Planet, Frommers or Rough Guides before you start on your Sabah travel!
Another way to save money for your Sabah travel is by going there with a group of friends. As they say, the more the merrier. If you are travelling in a group of 10 or more you’ll be able to split the costs of transportations and accommodations among yourselves. For example, when you want to hire a van to go some place out of the main cities in Sabah you’ll be able to distribute the rental costs and thus each person would only have to pay a relatively small sum. A Nissan Urvan van can accommodate up to 10 persons and a coach could take up to 40 persons or 43 persons maximum.
 
 
When it comes to looking for accommodations in Sabah, you should firstly compare the hotel rates first. Some websites do have such facility to let you compare rates first before you book. Go to: www.BestKuchingHotels.com. There on right handside, you can see a box that says “Compare 30 sites of hotel rates before you book”. You may also go to book online at hotel booking sites such as agoda.com or booking.com as the rates advertised online are certainly much cheaper. If possible, you should try and look for a bed and breakfast type of accommodation since it is priced even lower than a conventional hotel. There are many such budget Inn in and around Kota Kinabalu city. Tune Hotel is fine except that it is not in centre of town or Kota Kinabalu waterfront area where all the happening places are but it is near 1Borneo shopping mall.
 
If you are a regular Facebook or Twitter user, perhaps it is worth your while to make friends with people living in Sabah on these social media before starting your Sabah travel. Try and get to know them better. When you come over to Sabah, you’ll already have local friends who can show you around town and guide you to which interesting place you should visit. You might even be lucky enough to have a generous friend who would let you stay over for the duration of your Sabah travel!
 
When you have finally arrived in Sabah, you can opt to walk as your primary means of transport if it is possible. Perhaps you are staying somewhere near all the major attractions. It definitely would save you some money and it is also good for your health. After all, being on holiday doesn’t mean that you don’t have to keep fit.
 
Generally speaking, food in Sabah is rather expensive. Do skip all the overpriced fancy restaurants. Why don’t you try out the regular food stalls? In fact it is possible that these food stalls offer a more authentic sample of the delightful Sabahan cuisine. Then again, there are also the ever-present KFC or McDonald’s fast foods outlets for you to go to if you feel like having western foods.
 
Normally tourist hotspots tend to be more expensive as the retailers operating there will probably take advantage of this fact by increasing the price of the wares on offer. Instead, why don’t you go off the well-beaten tourist path? Apart from being cheaper it could also lead you to discover the authentic part of Sabah which most tourists might not even discover.
 
If you really have to use public transportations, always try to use buses instead of taxis. You won’t believe how unbelievably expensive the taxi fares are in Sabah. By using the bus to go around, you’d make a considerable saving during your Sabah travel.
 
Finally, you will definitely find it hard to resist the temptation to splurge and shop for lots of things that you don’t really need. If you really want to buy stuff, make sure you buy less and know where to get cheap items. At the end of the day, being on holiday is more than just about shopping. It’s about discovering new places and experiencing new environment.
 
If you follow these simple tips, you definitely won’t have to spend a fortune when you go on your Sabah travel. You’d be surprised at the affordable cost of having a good holiday in the beautiful state of Sabah. Hope the tips above will answer some of your questions before you go to visit Sabah
 
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FRIDAY, JUNE 8, 2012

Find the best meals at Kubah Ria Baru

 

I would like to bring you guys to see what’s new at the Kubah Ria Baru, which is located not far from Satok area. It is just besides Satok Bridge within the Petra Jaya area. If we take the bridge from Satok we could see the place on our left.
 
As the name suggests, Kubah Ria Baru is considered new in which it was publicly opened in mid-2010. Kubah Ria Baru was built to replace the old Kubah Ria which is quite well known among the local townsfolk. Seeing that it was my first time here what I can say is the place looks beautiful from the outside.
 
The environment is clean and neat, maybe because the place is still new and well maintained by the cleaning staff. Parking lots are available for visitors but with a price of RM1.00 per hour. I you wish to avoid paying for parking fees you can park your car farther a bit and walk in.
 
 
Most of the current stalls are mostly from the previous Kubah Ria stall owner but there are some new ones as well. Pizza Ria is available for those who loves pizza but most of the stalls serve local delicacies such as satay, the infamous mee kolok, chicken rice and laksa Sarawak. There is even a stall that serves 'ayam panggang' or roasted chicken, which reminded me of Kenny Rogers seeing that the chicken was roasted on hot charcoal.
 
For those who would like to have something foreign there are also western and Japanese food available. There are a total of 45 stalls here in Kubah Ria Baru.
 
In terms of price, it is reasonable and quite worth it but you need to pick the right stall. You can choose to order your meal from any stall and sit anywhere you like. The best part of eating here is the view. Located just beside the Sarawak River, the outlook of the whole place is just gorgeous especially during dawn.
 
Be amongst the first to experience the totally new eating environment! If you would like to visit Kuching, Sarawak to see what the city of cats has to offer, you can check us out www.SarawakBorneoTour.com for the best deals or you can email us your inquiries to Ask@SarawakBorneoTour.com. 
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WEDNESDAY, MAY 23, 2012

Ritchie - The Semenggoh Orang Utan's Idol

Ritchie - The Orang Utan's idol

 

The most famous orang utan in Sarawak, Borneo will be Ritchie. Ritchie is the oldest living male orang utan in Semenggoh Orang Utan Rehabilitation here in Sarawak, Borneo. Born in 1981, Ritchie is now 31 years-old and weighs about 31 kilos.

Orang utans are a species of great ape found only in South East Asia on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra, although evidence of their existence has been found in Java, Vietnam and China. The gentle red ape demonstrates significant intelligence, with ability to reason and think and is one of our closest relatives, sharing 97% of the same DNA as humans.

Ritchie is the dominant alpha male of the pack, and he is like the king of the jungle here at the Semenggoh Orang Utan Rehabilitation. He rarely makes an appearance in front of tourists who come and visit the centre, so it is sometime really hard that we get to see him around.

He's very active among the orang utans in the centre, and said to have very strong arms where he swings from tree to tree.

Ritchie is said to be very smart where he was seen to open a coconut by himself, drinking the coconut juice first before opening up the coconut shell to eat the pulp. His favourite foods are fruits and coconuts.

Every time when Ritchie makes an appearance, the orang utans will keep their distance from him, as Ritchie is known to be aggressive against other orang utans. It was said that he once got into a fight with a fellow male orang utan named George in the centre. George was moved out from Semenggoh and was placed at Matang Wildlife Centre.

So if you guys are interested in seeing orang utans in their natural surroundings, Semenggoh Orang Utan Rehabilitation will be a good choice.

Semenggoh Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre is undoubtedly one of the best attractions in the Kuching area. It offers the opportunity of getting close to some highly mischievous, semi-wild Orang Utan. Semenggoh became the first forest reserve in Sarawak in 1920. It was turned into a wild life rehabilitation centre for monkeys, Orang Utans, honey bears and hornbills in 1975.

The aim is to reintroduce as many of the animals as possible to their natural habitat, as many had been orphaned by logging or were being illegally kept as pets. There is more to see in the morning as the young monkeys and Orang Utans are put back in their cages at 3pm. The best time to visit Semenggoh is during feeding time, which takes place between 8.30-9am and 3-3.30 pm.

Go to www.SarawakBorneoTour.com for more info or e-mail us at Ask@SarawakBorneoTour.com for any inquiries.

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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY21, 2012

Memorable Time Travel at Kuching Waterfront, Sarawak

 

A walk along the Kuching Waterfront was like taking a journey into time. The history and heritage of Kuching, Sarawak, were laid in full colour the whole 1 kilometre stretch. Also called “The People Place”, Kuching Waterfront was a kaleidoscope of the past, the present and the future, with a harmonious blend of the new and modern with the old and traditional. From being a small settlement and river port during the days of the English adventurer, James Brooke, in the 19th century, Kuching Waterfront had developed into a picturesque landscaped esplanade, and even powered with environmentally-friendly solar energy in the extension phase.

The Kuching Waterfront ran parallel to the Sarawak River, and was basically like a middle child sandwiched between the Sarawak River and Main Bazaar, a place packed with shops selling souvenirs, food, and arts and crafts. But unlike most middle child, Kuching Waterfront was full of charm and unique characteristics. Its wide and long walkway was tiled with eye-catching ethnic designs and motifs, perfect for abstract close-up shots of the contrasting swirls and whorls. Also spread along the pavement were numerous carts displaying local handicrafts and souvenir items and kiosks selling local food and beverages, in case you got hungry or thirsty from walking.

My walk on Kuching Watefront began from the Kathulistiwa Café, which meant “equator”, located opposite the Riverside Shopping Complex. Sauntering along, under the cooling shades provided by the cluster of trees and shrubs and welcoming the light breeze of the afternoon, I was letting any tension or stress fall away from my shoulders. There were locals and visitors enjoying the Waterfront: some loitering about, some sitting on benches, chatting or just people-watching. I could see more traders setting up their carts or stalls, preparing their food and wares for the growing crowds in the evening. They were friendly, a few bestowing warm smiles and calling out greetings of “hello” or “good afternoon”.

There were a couple of gazebos built on the edge of the Kuching Waterfront and the Sarawak River, where you could sit and gaze upon the line of speed boats bobbing up and down, berthed along the Waterfront side. Or you could look further out to watch with fascination the tambangs (small boats), gliding noiselessly as they ferry passengers across the river, for less than RM1.00 per person one way. Boarding the tambang took some dexterity due to the lightness of the small narrow boat, which would naturally sway and wobble according to the moving tides or waves. But being able to view the Sarawak River up close was worth the fleeting heart-thumping situation.

Another heart-thumping sensation would be watching multi-ethnic and traditional musical and cultural performances at the mini amphitheatre, which used to be a godown or warehouse by the dockside in the old days; hence its name – Godown Amphitheatre at the Kuching Waterfront. Capable of seating up to 200 people easily, the amphitheatre with its funnel-like membrane roofing exuded a cosy and vibrant atmosphere during night performances, while functioning as a sheltered area for rest and relaxation during the day or in between performances.

Nearing the last leg of the Kuching Waterfront, other historical buildings and structures of times gone by began emerging: the red Chinese Pavilion with its intricate designs of Chinese deities and floral motifs; the white Square Tower, small yet stately that had transformed from being a prison to a fortress, then a dance hall and now a multi-media information centre; the Sarawak Steamship Company Building, which used to be an office and warehouse but was presently the Waterfront Bazaar housing a food and beverage outlet, a convenience store and a variety of shops selling souvenirs and crafts; and the Chinese History Museum, steeped with historical facts and figures, images and exhibits about Chinese cultures, traditions, pioneers, leaders, languages and dialects in Sarawak. It was indeed a feast for the eyes.

Nonetheless, the feasting of Kuching Waterfront would not be complete without mentioning the musical fountains on the Waterfront Square, creating spectacular night views with fast streams and jets of splashing, tinkling water, dancing to the rhythms of piped music, and highlighted by a rainbow of colourful lights; and in the shadowy background, stood the Square Tower, modest yet regal in its stature.

A peek across the Kuching Waterfront revealed additional breathtaking sights, with bright lights illuminating their distinctive architectures, shining like beacons on the banks of the Sarawak River; they were Fort Margherita, built in 1879 on a knoll as a defence line against pirates; followed by the Astana (palace), the official residence of the Governor of Sarawak; and next to it was the latest addition to the spacious river landscape, the new State Legislative Assembly complex completed in 2009, arising with imposing majesty, and distinguished by its iconic payung (umbrella) roof design.

After the thoroughly pleasant walk, it was time to feed my growling stomach and what better place to sit back, have some snacks and chill out than the James Brooke Bistro on the Kuching Waterfront, where the ambience was great, service was good, food was okay, and drinks as well as beers were reasonably priced. What a fantastic way to end the evening and my memorable time travelling, spanning more than 130 years, on the Kuching Waterfront.

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