Meritin Hotel, your Perfect Abode in Kuching

December 5, 2017 by  
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If you are planning to discover Kuching and staying at the heart of the city, Meritin Hotel is the place for you!

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The newly constructed Meritin Hotel is located within the “Golden Triangle” on Padungan Street. You could not miss it as it is the only tall building there and it clearly outshines the other buildings at either side of it. Its architectural design weaves together Asian elegance with modern layout.

The hotel is located right smack in the centre of the city for business, leisure or shopping.

The hotel logo is symbolic of the Chinese character “??” which means “People”. They intend to deliver the best experience to every person, every reservation, every time.

You could spend a day cycling around the city along Padungan Street, Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman and The Main Bazaar just to take in the daily life of Kuching city and the people in Kuching. You could also opt to take a sampan across the Sarawak River to visit the State Legislative Assembly (DUN Complex), Fort Margherita, The Astana, or simply enjoy a leisurely walk around traditional villages and colonial shops dating as far back as 1900s.

The hotel is just steps away from supermarkets, currency exchange and popular eateries. The popular eateries serve a wide selection of seafood and local delicacies such as Top Spot Seafood Centre, Pork Noodles (Noodle Descendants), Dim Sum (Hong Kong Noodle House) and traditional coffee shops that brew local coffee. There are also hawker stalls that serve local specialties such as Laksa, Ayam Penyet, Nasi Lemak, Mee Jawa, and more good food.

If you feel like having Western gourmet instead, there is a Western restaurant called Tom’s Steak House that is ready to serve you with menus like steaks and wine as well as providing local gracious hospitality, while cafes such as Bing! Café and Life Café, can serve you freshly brewed coffee, delightful sandwiches and light meals.

There is a total of 65 rooms in the hotel and are furnished with fine parquet flooring. The rooms are sufficiently bright, spacious, clean and comfortable. It is well equipped with basic amenities to meet every traveller’s needs, which includes a high speed Internet access, a writing desk and a tea and coffee making facility.

Meritin Hotel Cafeteria

Meritin Hotel Cafeteria

Meritin Hotel Cafeteria

Here are some of the facilities provided by Meritin Hotel:

  • Free high speed internet WIFI
  • 32? and 40? LED flat-screen TV
  • 1 IDD enabled LCD telephone
  • Satellite/cable channels
  • Complimentary drinking water
  • Coffee/tea making facilities
  • Mini fridge
  • Hairdryer
  • Safety deposit box
  • Room slippers

The free Wi-Fi is accessible in all public areas. Transport is easily available via GrabCar mobile apps.

Here are the types of room that the hotel offers:

  1. Standard Room

Standard Room

There are only 4 Standard Rooms in the hotel and it is the most popular among backpackers. The standard room is 20 sq. metres wide and comes with 1 queen bed without windows.

  1. Studio Room

Studio Room

This room is highly picked by solo traveller and there are 8 Studio Rooms available as of now. The rooms are 15 sq. metres wide, come with 1 queen bed and face either the street or the rear of the building. The soundproof floor-to-ceiling-windows ensure a good night’s sleep after a long day exploring the vibrant atmosphere of Kuching.

  1. Superior Room

Superior Room

There are 40 Superior Rooms and this room is a target for people who are travelling in groups. The superior rooms are 23 sq. metres wide and come in two types; 1 queen bed or twin single beds. The rooms are all inspired by classical elegance and are more spacious than Studio rooms. The combination of extra space and modern facilities ensure a perfect stay, no matter if you are on holiday or a weekend break. Almost all the rooms face the city centre and are soundproof from the floor-to-ceiling-windows.

  1. Premier Room

Premier Room

There are 10 Premier Rooms in the hotel. The rooms are 23 sq. metres wide. There two types of beds for the rooms; King bed or Queen bed. You get nice city view from the windows.

  1. Family Room

Family Room

The rooms are 23 sq. metres wide and come with twin double beds, as well as a view of the city from the windows. Perfect for travellers with families.

  1. Executive Suite

Executive Suite or Meritin Suite

There are only 2 suites in the hotel. The rooms are 38 sq. metres and 50 sq. metres respectively and have a sofa as well as big LCD TVs being provided. You can sleep comfortably on the King beds and enjoy the city view from the window.

All of the rooms are non-smoking rooms. The hotel support local talented artists and photographers as you could see the paintings or photographs framed up tastefully in each room.

Transport services are within easy reach of phone call or just mobile apps; taxi, Uber and GrabCar.

The hotel is also in the process of upgrading their service and facilities, so expect a gym and a mini bar being provided to the guests soon.

Mini gym coming soon!

For more information, visit their website at The Meritin Hotel or contact them at 082-550 800 for bookings.

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Pine Garden Hotel, your choice for affordable stay in Kuching

November 1, 2017 by  
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Pine Garden Hotel is among the newest hotel that opened up in Kuching recently. You cannot miss it because of its unique, bright colour in the heart of Kuching as you breeze through the flyover from airport to the city. The hotel is a 3-star boutique concept hotel.

Image courtesy to Pine Garden Hotel

The hotel is located at Lorong Seladah 1H, Taman Phoning, Kuching, which is within 3 km or 10 minutes drive from Kuching International Airport and Kuching Sentral. It is located just next to CityONE Megamall. In case of any emergency, Borneo Medical Centre is just 2km away from the hotel, or less than a 5 minutes’ drive away.

Image courtesy to Pine Garden Hotel

There are a total of 104 rooms in the hotel and are furnished with wooden or parquet flooring. The rooms are sufficiently bright, spacious, clean and comfortable. It is well equipped with basic amenities to meet every traveller’s needs, which includes a high speed Internet access, a writing desk and a tea and coffee making facility.

Here are some of the hotel facilities provided by Pine Garden Hotel:

  • Free Wireless Internet
  • Parking Space in hotel area / handicapped parking space
  • Coffee / Tea making facilities
  • Free mineral water
  • Bathroom amenities
  • Satellite TV
  • In-Room Safe Box
  • Minibar Fridge
  • Air conditioning
  • Luggage storage area
  • 24-hour reception
  • Hairdryer (on request)
  • Prayer Mat / Sejadah (on request)
  • Iron & Ironing Board (on request)
  • Hotel Shuttle Service (chargeable)

The free Wi-Fi is accessible in all public areas as well and the shuttle services are available daily upon your request for a fee.

Here are the types of room that the hotel offers:

  1. Deluxe King or Queen Room
Deluxe King or Queen Room (Pine Garden Hotel)

Image courtesy to Pine Garden Hotel

The room is designed slightly larger than the usual deluxe room with the goal to satisfy your need of comfort. Go ahead and read a book, or if you are a business traveler, get some work done at the writing desk as they provide you with an ergonomic chair and free high speed internet access.

  1. Deluxe Triple Room with 3 Super Single Bed
Deluxe Triple Room with 3 Super Single Bed (Pine Garden Hotel)

Image courtesy to Pine Garden Hotel

Deluxe triple room comes with three super single beds.

  1. Double Deluxe Room with 1 Queen Bed + 1 Single Bed

Image courtesy to Pine Garden Hotel

Double deluxe room is furnished with one Queen bed and one super single bed. This room is undeniably perfect for families with children!

  1. Superior Twin Room

Image courtesy to Pine Garden Hotel

Twin room comes with two super single beds and are nicely arranged in the room. The room is a bit smaller than the others.

Other than that, you can take your time in the spacious bathroom, complete with a rainforest shower head to give you full body shower experience. After your shower, sink into the comfort of the bed, which are the King and Queen sized beds while you enjoy your favourite TV show on the wall-mounted 32-inch flat screen LCD TV.

Image courtesy to Pine Garden Hotel

Due to the strategic location of Pine Garden Hotel, it is easy for you to move around. For example if you are to attend an appointment to go see the doctor at Borneo Medical Centre, it would only take about 10 minutes’ drive from the hotel. If you need to register at Swinburne University, this is a good hotel for you.

Besides that, you could also go for shopping trip as there are about 3 different shopping malls near to where the hotel is located, which are The Spring Shopping Mall, Vivacity Megamall and CityONE Megamall. Even MYDIN Supermarket is located inside CityONE Megamall! Then, you could maybe have a meal at Premier 101, where there are over 80 hawker stalls to choose from, which might just fit your taste bud. The stalls are usually open in the evenings.

For more information, visit their website at Pine Garden Hotel Kuching or contact them at 082-532789 for quick response.

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Jangkar Waterfall, the Hidden Gem in Lundu, Sarawak

October 5, 2017 by  
Filed under Sarawak

If you think you have lived long enough to discover everything about Sarawak through your own experience or through National Geographic, well, think again. There is a hidden gem in Lundu that is yet to be popularised – the Jangkar Waterfall.

Lundu is a town located in the Northwest of Kuching Division of Sarawak and borders with Indonesian Province of West Kalimantan. Lundu is known as a place that has many rural areas.

Jangkar Waterfall has been chosen as a travel destination because it has the potential to increase the volume of tourists visiting the area with a bright future for tourism development.

This waterfall is known locally as Jangkar Waterfall. It is accessible via Kampung Jantan, a small village near the coastal town of Sematan. You can go by car from Lundu, taking about 30 minutes to reach the destination.

Long ago, this place was known as Kampung Jangkar before the area was split into two different villages, which are Kampung Jantan and Kampung Jangkar. The waterfall having to be in Kampung Jantan area, but it is still called as Jangkar Waterfall.

Jangkar Waterfall was founded and had been managed by Jantan-Jangkar Cooperation (Koperasi Jangkar Jantan Lundu Bhd) since 2012. The members of Jantan-Jangkar Cooperation are from the local villagers of both Kampung Jantan and Kampung Jangkar. The cooperative team provide parking space and experienced local guides for jungle trekking to the waterfall.

If you want to visit the waterfall, you must first register at the reception counter at entrance to the hiking trail. They will then assign a local guide to each group who will lead the way to the waterfall.

In past cases, there were some visitors who would go to the lower part of the waterfall, have a picnic or a barbeque and leave all their trash there before leaving. This is one of the reasons why every visitor is now required to register themselves before proceeding to the waterfall with a local guide.

The increase in the number of visitors to the area has helped to generate income for the locals and stimulate the local economy. Now, you can be rest assured that the trail to the waterfall and the surroundings are much cleaner and well maintained.

The guide’s fee is based on the size of the group. For groups of 5 and above, they collect RM10 from each person while for groups of fewer than 5, they collect a single sum of RM50. They get visitors from all over the world and they come here either with a tour agent or as independent traveller. On average, they get about 100 visitors per month and they have seen an increase in the number of visitors coming here over the past four years.

Based on my own experience, it took about 50 minutes to get to the waterfalls and about 40 minutes journey back down the mountain. My trip to the waterfalls was guided by Mr. Lebi, a local guide at Jangkar Waterfall. I managed to reach the waterfalls safely with his help and was able to experience the hidden natural treasure of Lundu.

 

A shot with Mr. Lebi (tour guide)

 

When you read a book, you only experience one page, when you travel, you experience an adventure right here at Jangkar Waterfall. So go check it out now!

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Kuching, the First City in Malaysia to Host the Asia Pacific Orchid Conference (APOC) in 2019

September 14, 2017 by  
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Kuching North City Commission (DBKU) won a bid to host the 13th Asia Pacific Orchid Conference (APOC) which will be held in 2019.

Kuching is the first state in Malaysia to host the APOC. This shows the capability of Kuching as an international destination for meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions (MICE).

The Pre-APOC was held from August 23 2017 to August 27 2017 at the Sarawak State Library (Pustaka Negeri) in Petra Jaya. It was held to create the opportunity to share ideas and techniques on orchid cultivation as well as to promote collaboration between countries in an effort to strengthen the orchid industry. It also gave an insight of what this city has to offer to the delegates before the big event.

The APOC is an internationally acclaimed event that is held once every three years with previous host nations including Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Japan and Thailand.

Sarawak won the ‘Best for Nature’ Award in Travel Journal’s Travel Awards 2017 and three national parks were singled out for being exemplary travel spots for nature lovers, namely Gunung Mulu, Batang Ai and Bako National Park.

DBKU commissioner, Datuk Wee Hong Seng, said that orchids are the most highly desired among the ornamental plants. Their delicate, exotic and graceful features represent love, luxury, beauty and strength. In fact it was associated with strength or manliness from the times of ancient Greece. Later on, in Victorian times, orchids symbolised luxury. Today, orchids represents rare and delicate beauty.

Orchids have a special meaning to Sarawak. According to Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah, many of the orchid species available in this region are part of the state’s natural heritage and tourist attraction. Thus, research on these species is vital to ensure that they would remain endemic. He noted that out of an estimated 2,500 to 3,000 orchid species found in this region, about 40 per cent is endemic to Sarawak.

The DBKU Orchid Garden houses a total collection of 75,000 plants. The garden is located across the river from Kuching Waterfront in the vicinity of the historical Astana and Fort Margherita. At the Orchid Garden, visitors will find Sarawak’s very own state flower, the Normah Orchid (Phalaenopsis Bellina) amongst the wide collection of Bornean orchids.

Delegates of the Pre-APOC 2017 came all the way from Myanmar, Thailand, Brunei, Indonesia, Japan, Philippines, Taiwan, Vietnam, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, and of course, Malaysia.

Interesting events during the Pre-APOC included an International Orchid Landscape Photography Competition, Individual Orchid and Orchid Flower Arrangement Competition, Horticulture and Agriculture Bazaar, and Orchid Photography Competition.

The people in Kuching were very supportive of the event as the venue was packed and the parking spaces were insufficient for all the cars that came that day.

The selection of Sarawak as the venue for the Pre-Asia Pacific Orchid Conference (APOC) is the right decision as Sarawak is rich in flora and fauna and at the same time, is blessed with rare and unique orchid species.

You can see the beauty of Sarawak with your own eyes and experience the beauty of our nature while you are traveling here in Borneo. Come and check out our website for the best packages, the best deals and the best traveling experience! Click here.

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Santubong Homestay Hari Raya Gathering, an upcoming signature product for Sarawak

September 2, 2013 by  
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Perfomers

Perfomers

The State and Federal Ministry of Tourism together with Santubong Homestay, had organized a Hari Raya Gathering to bring together homestay operators and tourism agencies on the 24 August 2013.  The gathering was also organized to allow homestay operators to promote their products and also to forge a network together with tourism companies and agencies that were present together in that time.
The organization of Sarawak Homestay Operators was officially launched on 25 August 2012 and the objective of the founding was to guide the homestay operators to increase their quality, quantity and also their exposure. Up to now, there are more than 30 villages and longhouses in Sarawak that are registered with the Ministry of Tourism.
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event time schedule

During the Hari Raya Gathering, other than the handicrafts which were displayed at the entrance, there are also various performances such as a comedy skit, a skit on the Malay wedding ceremony, a ceremony on the cutting of Hari Raya pulut, and other performance art such as dances, singing and Sarawakian Malay Gendang. The main objective of the gathering was to promote the organization and the event will be broadcast on the internet ie YouTube, Facebook and various other social media platform, and also in different languages. The product will be made a signature product for the homestay organization.
Malay wedding gown red

Malay wedding gown red

wedding gown Malay

white Malay wedding gown

Malay wedding gown black

Malay wedding gown black

Malay wedding gown red top

Malay wedding gown red

This year, the operators of Homestay in Sarawak are expected to have an increase in income. This is following the federal government allocation of RM5.6 million into the upgrading of homestay facilities in the state.
One of the emphases made during the event was the security and hygiene of each homestay to prevent unwanted incidents. Besides that, homestay operators are also encouraged to keep records of their guest to make things easier for the homestay operator and the guest. This is to allow tourists who plan to stay at the homestay to feel safe and secure thus allowing the homestay to be rated and gain more customers in the future. Tourists of various nationalities attended the event. They are from Africa, Korean, Australian, UK, Canada, Philippines, Bangladesh etc.
Homestay operators in Sarawak are expected to do better this year. With an income amounting to 1 million by 28 homestays last year, the income generated this year would hopefully be bigger with the help of the federal government in funding the upgrading of their facilities.
Malay wedding ceremony

Malay wedding ceremony

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The Magical 8th Borneo Jazz Festival 2013 in Miri Sarawak

May 27, 2013 by  
Filed under General, Miri Sarawak

On the 10th and 11th May 2013, thousands of Jazz music lovers attended the 8th Borneo Jazz Fetival held recently in Parkcity Everly Hotel in Miri. It is one of the international events organized every year to put Miri on world music map.

A local West Jazz Band from Sarawak started off the event with a Hot Latin Rhythms to the Swing Jazz Era and electrifying Funky Rhythms. The award winning Lisa Quartet (‘Bell Awards’ Best Australian Jazz Vocal Album) is well known to jazz music listeners for improvising an ensemble of India and African elements in their music. Lisa, later also joined the Canadian group, The Nylons in a performance.

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West Jazz Band

Lisa with The Nylons

Lisa with The Nylons

The Nylons, is famous for their vibrant live show and getting the crowd all hyped up and entertained. Their music appeal to music lovers of all ages.

Equally entertaining was a performance by Grammy Award winner, The Scott Martin Latin Soul Band, from the west coast of USA. Another popular group comprising of 3 generations of the Martin family. They are well known for Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz. It is a mixture of Jazz compositions. Several craft vendors, food and drinks sellers were also seen at the event.

Local travel agencies also took this opportunity to promote pre and post Jazz Borneo Festival in Miri Sarawak to Mulu Caves, Lambir Waterfalls, Borneo Tropical Rainforests Resort and diving off the coastal waters of Miri. The tourism board hoped that with this annual event, it would put Sarawak on world map for Jazz music.

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Join Funniest Video Contest to win 20 ROLLS of Sarawak Kek Lapis

November 19, 2012 by  
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U Garden Steamboat and Crystal Grill

October 22, 2012 by  
Filed under Best Kuching Eateries

The U Garden Steamboat and Crystal Grill in Song Plaza, Jalan Song Kuching is the latest happening eatery in town. This restaurant offers a good selection of fresh seafood such as crabs, fish and prawns, a wide variety of vegetables and meat for customers to steam or as they like. These delightful varieties of food are lined up at the counter where you would make your selection before proceeding to cook them in the steamer and grill provided at each table.

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Apart from the fresh food on offer, U Garden Steamboat and Crystal Grill also offers a selection of fried food such as fried rice and noodles for you to choose from. If you are a bit hungry while waiting for your food to be cooked, you can have a little portion of rice or noodle beforehand!

One notable feature of U Garden Steamboat and Crystal Grill is that it uses special heat-tolerant crystal barbecue plate made from natural quartz mineral to grill the food. You would grill your food on the heat-tolerant crystal barbeque plate. Instead of using oil to heat up the plate, you will pour water over the plate. The plate will then turns orangey red and be ready to grill any food. That method in itself is very interesting which definitely makes your grilling experience an unforgettable one.

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You don’t even have to use butter or oil to cook the food on the grill. The radiation that the heated crystal plate generates is able to kill harmful bacteria and remove any unsightly odours. This makes for a much healthier dining environment without the smoke usually associated with restaurants of this type.

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If you are steaming your selection of food, you can either cook your food with either tomyam or chicken soup. This gives you a wider choice on how to prepare your food.

You also can choose from several types of dip to accompany your food ranging from soya sauce with chilli to the fiery sambal sauce.

U Garden Steamboat and Crystal Grill offer a free flow of soft drinks, hot drinks, ice-creams and desserts. This restaurant serves desserts such as the cool and refreshing ais kacang and ais jagung. There is also a good selection of fresh fruits such as watermelons and papayas.

You have an option of dining indoor in an air-conditioned room or outdoor while enjoying the fresh air. As U Garden Steamboat and Crystal Grill is located on the second floor, you can have a good view of the people passing by if you opt for outdoor dining.

The undoubtedly unique U Garden Steamboat and Crystal Grill opens from 5.30pm till 11pm on weekdays. On weekends it opens from 11.30am till 2pm and 5.30pm till 11pm. You would only need to pay around RM29.90 per adult and RM16 for a child between 2 to 9 years old. The good news is that if you’re 60 years old and above you’ll get 25% discount. This is indeed a real value for money after considering what is on offer here. If you go there on your birthday, you’ll only have to pay half-price.

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Fairy Cave in Bau, Sarawak

June 20, 2012 by  
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Fairy Caves and the Wind Caves near Bau Town in Sarawak are one of the must see places in Kuching, Sarawak. If you are into nature, these limestone cave would really interest you.

The Fairy Cave Kuching Sarawak is about 45km from the Kuching city centre and a 45minutes drive will get you there if you know the way. Folks here are friendly enough to show you the directions.
The Fairy Cave is roughly 8km away from the nearest town called Bau is a former gold mining town in the 1850s. There are hardly any road signs leading to this place, so just drive all to way to Bau town, from there you will see a sign that says Gua Kapor, which is the cave’s name in Malay. If you see a sign that says Tasik Biru or Blue Lake, you’re at the right direction. The Fairy Cave is located in the Bukit Kapor area. It was formed some 100-150 million years ago. There will be a mini mart just before the turning into Fairy Cave; you may want to stop here to get bottled water as there are no other stops after this. There are comfortable toilets made available at the base of Fairy Cave.
You will know when you reach Fairy Cave because there will be roughly 4-5 flights of stairs leading to the mouth of the cave. There used to be an old stairway that is no longer in use on the right hand side of the entrance. There are no entrance fee leading  to Fairy Cave Bau. The only “price” you’ll be paying is the steep walk up stairways. Do wear comfortable walking shoes and proper hiking attire as the floor and stairway area can be wet and very slipery.
Do bring torchlights along too as there will be area where you will be climbing up stairs in total darkness. Just after the mouth of the Fairy Cave, you’ll be going through a narrow tunnel that has a stair upwards. If you’re claustrophobic, you will be afraid at this point. Once you pass this tunnel, you’ll start seeing bright light that shines through the Fairy Cave’s roof.
Fairy statue at Fairy Cave, Bau

Fairy statue at Fairy Cave, Bau

You must be wondering why they called this the Fairy Cave. At the peak of the stairs, You will get the answer. There is this Fairy Statue in the cave that droplets of water from the cave ceilings on it’s head and it is believed to be holy water. Eventually the point where the water drops is no longer directly on the Fairy Statue’s head, but a few feet away. You will also see figure of Guan Yin, which is a Chinese Goddess of Mercy that is mystically formed on the rocks. Other figures are also visible and do not be surprised to see burnt incense stick and prayer materials all around the cave.
In the Fairy Cave, you will be able to hear the loud noise by bats. At the peak of the Fairy Cave, you’ll feel a cool breeze.
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Gawai Special Package 18 February 2012

May 23, 2012 by  
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Ministry of Tourism Sarawak, Sarawak Tourism Board (STB) and Sarawak Cultural Village (SCV) have been working closely together to create a ‘Gawai Special Package’ for locals and foreign visitors alike to come to Sarawak and experience the unique ethnic festival of Gawai Dayak which is celebrated on 1 and 2 June annually.
This new tourism product was launched by Sarawak Tourism and Housing Development Minister, Datuk Amar Abang Haji Johari Tun Openg at SCV located some 40km from the city centre on February 9, 2012.
Johari said the uniqueness of the Gawai Dayak celebration which he said was a rich resource of the state and it should be shared with the rest of the world. He added that the Gawai Special Package was crafted to make Gawai celebration as one of the main visitors’ attractions in Sarawak to promote the unique traditions and cultures of the Iban, Bidayuh and other ethnic groups of the Dayak community that have connections with each other.
“The important element of this package is the culture exchange between locals and visitors as they experience our way of mingling with the various races in the state that conforms to the 1Malaysia concept,” he said.
The Minister applauded the effort made by Ministry of Tourism Sarawak, STB and SCV in coming up with this Gawai package which would help to showcase to the masses about the state’s various ethnic groups, its different cultures, traditions and beliefs.
He also urged travel agents to be creative in their holiday packages to entice more foreign and domestic tourists into the state.
Also speaking at the ceremony was Assistant Minister of Tourism Datuk Haji Talib Zulpilip who stressed that visitors of this Gawai Special Package are assured of an enjoyable, enriching and comfortable experience during their stay at Sarawak Cultural Village.
He said there were three types of the Gawai package which incorporated the different ethnic races in Sarawak and how they celebrate Gawai through activities such as Pun Ranyai, Miring, Lemambang, Ai Pengayu.The package also includes sumptuous breakfast, lunch and dinner prepared in a traditional style.
Apart from that, guests will have the opportunity to go on a jungle trekking at the foothills of Mount Santubong as well as enjoy the nature of Sarawak’s biodiversity in flora and fauna.
The Gawai Special Package are priced at RM399 per person for 2days 1night stay; RM499 per person for 2 Days 2Nights and RM599 per person for 4Days 3Nights respectively.
Bookings for the packages are open now and can be made online by logging on to www.SarawakBorneoTour.com or
click here to make bookings.

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Sibu Wet Market in Sarawak

April 16, 2012 by  
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Sibu in Sarawak, a quiet town along Rejang River is one of the three towns in Malaysia which has predominantly Foochow-Chinese population. Sibu is not only famous for food (such as Kompia, Kampua noodles and the like), but also boasts of being the hometown of a national patriot called Rosli Dhoby. The town symbol is the Swan and one of the landmarks in Sibu which we would highlight here is the Sibu Wet Market.
Unlike most of the traditional wet market, Sibu Wet Market is a twostorey building and is one of the largest wet market in Sarawak; some say it might be even the largest in Malaysia. It is also known to be a hot tourism spot, for foreigners. Here they are able to see and experience things or happenings that are not available in their country under one roof.

Open from the wee hours of the morning till late evening, Sibu Wet Market offers a variety of products to its visitors. In the morning, the market is filled with crowds of locals buying supplies for the week and even during the late hours in the evening, the market is still busy and full of activities. Locals know that this is the place to come to if one is in search of cheaply priced items and imitation goods sporting well-known brand names: handbags, clothing, watches, jewelry, sunglasses, home decorations and just about everything under the sun.

An interesting thing about this market is that there are no clearly identified trading areas for certain products to be sold. Indeed, some vendors seemed to sell whatever they wanted leading to some rather eclectic selection of wares on display. All this adds to the overall charm of the market.

The ground floor area is generally reserved for selling fresh meat, fish and jungle produce while upstairs is allocated for food stalls and retail shops. Most of the retail shops sell clothes and shoes. Some shops specialize in selling reasonably priced quality used clothing imported from overseas.

There is a section in the market which focuses on the cultural or traditional products and one of it is the Iban section. Some may not know most of the things is sold here, especially foreigners where the products range from strange-looking vegetables or jungle fruits, to traditional herbal remedies.

Some may be freaked out by the sight of the huge, live sago worms, some larger than an adult thumb but they are are a real eye-catcher. It tasted like juicy French fries when deep-fried, sago worms are extremely rich in protein and serves to boost the meager protein intake of jungle folks. Some fry them with preserved durian flesh (also known as ‘tempoyak’ in our local tongue) and is said to be a very popular recipe among the locals.

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Kembayau fruit, Cousin of Dabai found only in Borneo

March 30, 2012 by  
Filed under Best Kuching Eateries

Kembayau Fruit

Kembayau Fruit

Kembayau is a fruit found in Borneo and are cousins to dabai-local olives found mostly in Borneo Sarawak.
Although the colour of the skin of both fruits are black, there is a subtle difference between these two fruits-whereby the dabai’s flesh is thicker, more milky and delicious in taste. As for Kembayaus, the flesh is much thinner and sour in taste and they are less popular. In fact, I have never heard of it until recently.

In Sarawak, Kembayaus are less popular because they seldom appear in market as their supply is scarce and are quickly grabbed by customers, if sold in market. Kembayaus are sold cheaper compared to Dabai’s due to the latter’s popularity and good taste.

Dabais are more expensive and are sold between RM18 to RM20 per kilogramme while Kembayaus are sold between RM8 to RM10 per kilogramme.

Usually Kembayaus are the last fruit to appear and is an indication that the season for dabai and other local seasonal fruits are over. With the existence of Kembayaus sold in markets, it would meant that dabai would not be around until the next season.

The method to prepare them is simple, after we have cleaned the fruit, it will be soaked in a container of warm water until it is soft. Water is then poured away and it will be mixed with salt or soya bean sauce and ready to eat.
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