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May 30, 2009 by  
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Don’t you find Proboscis Monkey unique? with its big bulging nose? Why not get a toy home for souvenir?

proboscis-monkey

proboscis-monkey

Large Size: 35 cm,  Pc: Usd37.00    Small Size: 23 cm, Pc: Usd29.00    Inquire Here to Purchase!

The 3 Family

The 3 Family

Orang Utan

Orang Utan

Orang Utan 1 size: 23cm,  Pc: Usd29.00        Inquire Here to Purchase! >>

Wooden Shield Souvenir

Swak Shield

Swak Warrior Wooden Shield

Large Size: Usd25.00
Small Size:  Usd17.00 Inquire Here to Purchase! >>

Sarawak Combo Deal

Sarawak Combo Deal

1) Hand-made Bemban Purses Weaving Set of 4 items

2) 2 Fridge magnets

3) 1 memo holder
4) 1 Small Wooden Shield Souvenir

Combo Deal: 1+2+3+4: Inquire Here to Purchase! >>

Hand Made Bemban  Purses Weaving Set- 4 pieces only-Out of Stock

UNIQUE BEADS NECK TIE

Beads Neck Tie

Beads Neck Tie

Length:
Total No. of Beads used:
Pc: Usd57

N.B:  Product price EXCLUDING postage fee to  your destination.

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Zest for Food & Fine Dining

May 25, 2009 by  
Filed under Best Kuching Eateries

Today, I had lunch at Zest Restaurant. They call it a new Dining Experience. The restaurant’s decoration is modern yet informal. The place is not air conditioned and the staff are very attentive.  The chef  owner is Beckham, someone with over 10 years experience as a Chef in Singapore and Bangkok but decided to head home and brighten up the food scene in Kuching.

I looked at the food menu and found that they had Thai food, Japanese Food, Indian Food, Hong Kong/chinese food, Singapore and even European food like pastas and burgers. They decided to be creative and created Obama Coffee which is mocha coffee and Kawai-i, which is Nescafe coffee mixed with chocolate .

Fried rice with prawn roe

Fried rice with prawn roe

I ordered Ebiko Fried Rice with prawns (rm7.90) and my friend Barbie had pineapple fried rice (rm6.90) . I thought the plate is far too big for the food but the test is in the tasting, esp. me with the acid taste bud. The moment i sank my teeth into the food, i knew that i will come back again and again. The food is simply delicious.

My Ebi fried rice with prawn roe was good. The taste was just nice and Barb’s fried rice was simply breathtakingly delicious. We then tried the dessert of creme brulee with vanilla ice cream. The sweetness was not too much and just nice.

Having passed my acid gastronomical taste bud, i decided to have a chat with the owner, Beckham but unfortunately he was not around. I was then introduced to his cousin, Byron, an engineer turned entrepreneur. All 3 cousins had put their heads and savings together to open up Zest! Byron went on to tell me how they had opened up Zest just last year and each cousins had their own role to play in managing the kitchen and the dining area. Beckham is the chef, another is the mocktail specialist and Byron takes care of customers.  After a good chat with Byron, he promised me a meal on the house on my next trip there. He sure takes care of the customers well.

Brownie with vanilla ice-cream

Brownie with vanilla ice-cream

Well, Kudos to them for a job well done. Keep it up fellas!

Kuching  needs more such eateries around town.

Location of Zest: 43, Grd Floor, Block C, Wisma Nation Horizon,
Petanak Road, Kuching.
Opening Hrs: 11am-11pm

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Ms Talent of World Harvest Festival 2009

May 18, 2009 by  
Filed under General

15 Finalists of Ethnic Beauty Pageant Ms Fair and Lovely World Harvest Festival 2009 vied for the subsidiary title Ms Talent World Harvest Festival 2009 held at Sarawak Tourism Complex on the 2 May 2009. The title went to Ms Atiqah Nur Fatma Nor. Ms. Atiqah won rm1,000 cash, a sash, a trophy and a bouquet. She is 18 years old and is a part time sales girl. She is finalist no. 12 in the webpage below.

Tickets to the 2009 Ms Fair and Lovely World Harvest Festival to be held on 23rd and 24th May 2009 are already on sale and can be obtained from Sarawak Cultural Village. Go check them out and vote your favoured ethnic Beauty Queen.

Check out their PHOTOS here >>

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Unforgettable Experience at Bako National Park

May 17, 2009 by  
Filed under Road Less Travelled

An overnight stay in Bako National Park, gives you a unique opportunity to view the natural beauty of the park, its abundance of varied and rare plant life, trekking trails, secluded beaches, waterfalls, jungle streams and plentiful wildlife. Though the reserved park may not be instantly recognized as a star attraction, but very few places gives you such a combination of natural beauty. Spread over 2,727 hectares at the peninsula of Muara Tebas, it is the oldest national park in Sarawak.

The trip from Kuching to Bako National Park by taxi or bus would bring you to the village of Kampung Bako. Then you take a 25 minutes boat ride through the South China Sea and you will reach the coast of Bako National Park. Telok Assam is the park’s headquarters, but from here, you would be in for a big surprise.

Over the years due to constant erosion, the coastline has turned into scenic stiff cliffs, sandy bays and rocky head-lands. The base of several rocks has been carved by nature into sea stacks and sea arches due to the constant flow of waves. Throughout the coastline, wonderful sandstones have been formed which features iron and pink patterns.

If you reach Bako National Park early in the morning, you may want to start off with a delicious breakfast of banana bread served in small containers made of palm leaves in the shape of a boat. Start off on a jungle trail by observing the numerous vegetation and plant species. You can find all the different types of vegetation found in Borneo be it Peat Swap Forest, Grassland Vegetation or Padang, Mixed Dipterocarp Forest, Mangrove Forest, heath or Kerangas Forest, Cliff vegetation and Beach vegetation within the park. In order for you to spot the different and varied vegetation, you would need to have a keen eye. Some of the strange plant varieties that could be found there include bladderworts, sundews and pitcher plants.

On the trail through the lush green vegetation, you can see some animals in their natural habitat such as 150 rare species of proboscis monkeys which are found only in Borneo, the Hairy-Nosed Otter, the Oriental Small-Clawed Otter and Borneon Bearded Pig. The best time to observe these animals is during dawn and dusk when they are most active. If you plan to stay overnight, you get a better chance of seeing the animals on their trail. Make sure that you walk silently and slowly in small groups or else the creatures will run away from you.

The park office’s surrounding area is the best place for observing silver leaf and long tailed macaque monkeys besides mouse deer, bearded pigs, plantain squirrel and common monitor lizards. Take care not to attract the macaque monkeys or else they would be emboldened to snatch food from you.

The olive green Common Water Monitor Lizard, the largest of its kind found in the region is another great attraction of the park. These lizards feed on carrion and can be found mostly around the boat jetty. Other varieties of lizards include Sun or Skinky Lizard, which are most commonly found lazing around the rocks on the beach. Green Crested Lizard is the most common species found throughout the park. Usually it is bright green in color but if it feels that it is in danger, it can change its skin color. Flying Lizards can be seen gliding through the air from their launch pads on tree trunks.

You can find numerous snake varieties most of which are harmless. You need to have a very keen eye as they are well camouflaged and would slide away at the slight sense of danger. The Grass Green Whip species is the most easily recognizable with its long snout, pencil-thin body and bright color. Paradise Tree Snake is another common species with black upper body and green spots while the underbelly is yellow with yellow-green-spots. Pit Viper the only poisonous snake found in the park has a triangular, flat and broad head.

Bird watchers would love Bako National Park as there are more than 150 bird species making it their home. The mangrove forests are the best place to observe birds. If you are really serious about watching birds, make sure to have a pocket guide and a pair of binoculars with you.

Mangroves and rock pools are the best place to observe small animals like hermit crabs and mudskippers. Nocturnal creatures in Bako National Park include palm civet, slow loris, tarsier, bats, mouse deer, pangolin and flying lemur.

You can opt for one of the 16 jungle trails where hiking and walking options are on offer. You can choose an overnight camping expedition or a full-day jungle hikes. If you take the Tanjung Sapi trail you can have great views of Santubong, South China Sea and Telok Assam but here you need to climb through steep cliffs and dense vegetation which takes about 30 minutes.

The Telok Paku is by far the easiest trail and takes about an hour. You reach a secluded beach through forested cliffs. You are bound to see different species of monkeys like proboscis, langur or macaque as you trek along the trail.

Ulu Assam passes through swampy forest where monkeys are seen at times dangling or swinging from trees. Upon reaching the top of this trail, you are rewarded with views of the wonderful coastline of Bako. The best trail to spot proboscis monkey is at Telok Delima. If you want to have a view of the park’s boundary, opt for the Serait trail which takes about half an hour. Though not used frequently and somewhat secluded, it provides an excellent view of the rainforests.

So if you love nature, birds and animals the Bako National Park is one of the best places to go adventuring into.

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The Biggest Sea Horse I have ever seen in Miri, Sarawak

May 13, 2009 by  
Filed under Other Cities

I was in Miri recently on a city tour. My guide Saliza took me to several interesting spots around Miri.

The one place I was most impressed with was the Seahorse at Marina Bay. When Saliza told me that he was going to show me the largest seahorse in Miri, I got curious and asked him if it was a live one as I know seahorse is actually very small. He laughed and said, “No, it is a seahorse lighthouse”. When I saw it, I was in awe of it because it was a really tall lighthouse, around 2 storeys high.

biggest-seahorse-light-house2Seahorse at Marina Bay

Marina Bay Restaurant

Marina Bay Restaurant

Then I went wandering around the area and spotted this cool Marina Bay Seafood Restaurant. The restaurant is 2 storey high and is designed with a Balinese touch.

Tiny huts surrounded its front building and its whole outlook and ambience looked traditional. They serve not only Asian cuisine but also Italian food.

Sea Plant

Sea Plant

I spotted this display at the corner of the entrance. It sure looked interesting isn’t it?

Wood carved into a seaplant and sea creature.

Seaplant Sea Creature

Seaplant Sea Creature

Check out this restaurant on your next trip to Miri.

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Sarawak Laksa Escapade for Singapore

May 12, 2009 by  
Filed under General

Sarawak in its quest to capture a slice of the tourism market recently wooed Singaporean tourists to this land of the headhunter and hornbills. Sarawak  had invited Moses Lim, the famous Singapore actor to be its spokesperson to promote Sarawak Laksa Escapade (photo taken from The Borneo Post Online). The package tour was sold out upon its launching back in February 2009 by its marketing arm in Singapore, Konsortium Express and Tours Pte Ltd.

Moses Lim, celebrity actor from Singapore

Moses Lim, celebrity actor from Singapore

 

 

The first group of tourists arrived on 5 May 2009. The Sarawak Tourism Board staff was at the airport to greet them. The group of tourists came on a 4 days 3 nights tour of the city.

 

The theme of their tour was Sarawak Laksa Escapade but the group get to visit out of the city places like Semenggoh Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre, the pottery factory and the Sarawak Cultural Village. They were also brought sight-seeing around the city and brought to the Waterfront and Main Bazaar for souvenir and handicraft shopping. Sarawak is well known for its bird’s nest. The tourists had a chance to visit the bird’s nest factory and they were also shown the Kek Lapis (Layer Cake) outlet.

After a fulfilling holiday in Kuching, they went home happy and satisfied.

 


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