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Miao invaded the country, Brunei Darussalam

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Our last destination is Limbang. The last division of  Sarawak which is separated by Brunei.

So to get into Limbang we have to pass tru Brunei.

And so we did!

The toll to the “highway” to Brunei.

Beside going through the immigration, another way to know you’re in Brunei is when…

The road is super smooth can!!

If only we have this real highway in Sarawak.

Cursed the xxxx who said this..

Our landscape is the same with Brunei. Stupid old man. #cursedieyou

Smooth road means no more neck cracking road!!

First stop in Brunei was the Ministry of Tourism of Brunei. I found out the King aka Prime Minister aka Minister of  Tourism too supposed to meet us on that day but he couldn’t make it. That’s too bad. :( It would be an awesome experience if that happens.

In case, you guys don’t know. This year is the first year of Visit Sarawak Year, it’s a campaign to promote the various festivals and point of interest we have to both the locals as well as the foreign tourists.

The theme song:

Well, my job was to follow them and document the journey across this land of hornbills. It’s not a tour trip so there wasn’t much touristy to share.

Alright, back to Brunei XD

We drove passed this majestic looking building. Not sure what it is but i think it’s the Palace if not mistaken.

Le shophouse in Brunei. They have *Jawi signboards, just like Kelantan.

(*thanks for the correction :) )

And lot’s of Pepsi signboards too instead of  Coca colas. Brunei love pepsi more?

I noticed something in Brunei. First,

Most of the house are detached houses with yards! Not much terrace or semi detached houses. And I believe they have super low crime rate, most of the houses has no fence.

Oh and, there aren’t much high rise, at most only 5 floors?

Later only I found out it’s a law that…

Before we left Brunei for Limbang, the team decided to drove into the city centre let us noobs to have a look at Brunei.

If not mistaken, this is a shopping mall.

Sushi restaurant. They say Brunei has awesome sushis.

I don’t believe, unless someone from Brunei wanna treat me to prove it. *koff koff*

And be hold!!!

The grand mosque of Brunei.  The Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque. It’s gorgeous.

While some of the rangers went in for prayers, I sneaked off and have a look more of the city.

This four buildings are part of the shopping mall. Super quiet for a Saturday evening.

The street was kinda empty too.

The only busy place was the river. Super happening like highway.

They even has a signboard in by the river.

On the other side is the floating village. The village is huge, there’s school and field on the floating village. And everyone who stays there are darn rich, the house may looked like ordinary wooden house from the outside. Don’t be fooled!!

I saw a video before, the interior is like a palace itself with glittering crystal lamps and stuff. Each house even has their own boats!

Couldn’t get too far on foot, and afraid the rest might be waiting for me. I rushed my way back.

Back there; out of curiosity, I asked…

An… unique weekend I must say to have a day separating the weekend. Well look at the bright side, there’s two Fridays (Thursday and Saturday) LOL

But still it’s a rather tooo quiet even for a working day. :|

Maybe Bruneians no need work?

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Sarawak Roadtrip 4.0: Miri! Why you demolish all your buildings?

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The journey from Bintulu to Miri is about  2 hours plus.

How was the journey?

Well it was..

super bumpy!!! and there were times where i fell asleep and cracked my neck!!

Pain i tell you! #luckymynecknoputus

This is how the view was…

empty. :( I think they are clearing the sites for palm tree plantation.

Seriously it was flat and so far into the horizon.

A sign that Miri is near is when you sees the sea. Miri is a city by the sea.

Another way to know whether you are near a city or town in Sarawak is when…

Seahorse, symbol of Miri!! Why seahorse? Miri is the oil city, hmm i have no idea why.

Probably maybe because Miri City is the closest to the sea and seahorse is easy to be found? #Miaosimplytheory

Another way to know you’re in Miri is when you see..

when you drive up from Bintulu. Coming from Kuching, I’m used to big houses but the ones in Miri is a bit over.  =.=

We’re meeting the City mayor and some Datos here at the Miri’s Resident’s office but as usual, VVIP gonna be late, so I walked around the area and have a glimpse of Miri old town.

Looks new eh? I found out the city council refurbish all the old buildings around the area.

 Although they tried and refurbished into an old school design but something is off.

If not mistaken, this was how it looked like in the old days.

It feels different, something is gone.

Further down the street, I saw this…

Brooke street. This could be one of the old street in Miri too.

I saw them in the midst of removing the building part by part. OAO

It’s kinda sad to see old buildings getting removed.

Although it’s not colonial or Brooke era design but still it’s an old school looking design from the 60s or 50s?

While other countries blend new and old together, our gov try to remove them. =.= We can always give it a modern touch like covers, glasses, air con etc while retain the look and feel kan?

Sigh…

oh they retain the old market!!

oh i was wrong…

If not wrong, this new market will replaced this old market.

So basically, this is the Miri, they want it to turned into…

Not that it’s bad but I don’t see the problem of new and old co-exist together. Without the old streets, Miri City itself is kinda boring imo :( I was bored.

Basically, it’s like a gateway to Mulu and Niah cave. Like drop by, stock up and off to the rain forest.

Then again.. its blue sky is gorgeous…

so does its sunset. <3

and also its people.. <3 <3

When I reached hotel, I found out a reader from Miri dropped me a hand made plush of Wafu at the hotel reception counter.

thank you sooo much for the plush!! Mirian rocks!!!

Next stop, Brunei and Limbang!!! > v <

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Sarawak Roadtrip 3.5: Mukah to Bintulu

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On previous post, I tell about a story of paranormal night in Bintulu.

Then, I kinda missed out my journey from Sibu – Mukah – Bintulu. So here it was my trip.

I been to Mukah before during my internship.

Mukah is the heartland of Melanau people. It was once a mighty kingdom called the Malano (Melanau) kingdom. The kingdom fall during the expansion of Brunei Sultanate.

Here’s a photo of a Melanau girl in her traditional costume.

photo credit to: McKibben Agin

Such costume are rare to see nowadays as 90% of Melanau has converted to Muslim and adopted Islamic wear but certain tradition are still carry on such as the Melanau’s signature hat, Terendak.

credits: Oura Galaxy Blog

And you know you’re in Melanau heartland when you can see buildings with colorful cone shape roof.

This roadtrip wasn’t actually a travel trip, I was actually just invited to tag along while the CatsFM crews spread awareness about Visit Sarawak Year campaign to the locals. So, I didn’t manage to visit much touristy places.

So usually when the crews are doing their job. .

I will sneaked out and hunt for local food and landmarks. XD

I mentioned that most Melanau has converted to Muslim but certain traditional culture and practice still can found.

One is Sago related food, sago powder, sago biscuits, sago salad, sago paste (linut) and also…

sago worms.

and another is the the Umai. Umai is a Melanau dish, it’s actually Sarawak version of Sashimi.

The one in Mukah is famous as it’s authentic and it’s made out of gold fish.

No, not those gold fish we kept in our home but a type of orangey long slim fish.

#Imbawrappingskill

This is crazy, I only bought one box and they wrapped it 20x larger.

After the small stop, we head to Bintulu.  It’s a 2 hours + ride through highway.

A highway that looks like this.

Can noticed heavy deforestation along the way for palm tree plantation.

When there’s deforestation, there’s a lot of trucks like this…

and they are soooo freaking scary, no thanks to Final Destination 2.

I kept imagine what happened if the chain snaps!

Thank God, I reached Bintulu safely.

That very night was [le paranormal activity night]. Do read it up if you have not.

Anyway, the next day, we moved out of that hotel and stayed separately in other new established resorts.

I managed to drop by at the town after we checked in.

The town looks new tho (design), like your typical commercial centre in the cities. I only found out that all the old styled shop lots and structures were demolished and replaced with this. Those who knows me well knows I love old buildings a lot. hahaha

Oh, I noticed there’s a Tua Pek Kong temple in every town/city in Sarawak. Franchising done well XD.

Spotted an eagle/hawk/some big bird that will ripped my arms off is flying around the town.

Not sure what’s the occasion but there’s a mini bazaar.

Saw some traditional accessories there.

An Iban headgear.

Iban Pua Kumbu ( traditional patterned  cloth).

An “Orang Ulu”‘s patterned shirt

After a while, we went to the food court at the market to test out the Umai I bought earlier.

All well sliced. :D

I was expecting the meat to be orange too hahaha gosh what am i thinking.

And it comes with all these “add ons”

We need to pour everything into the Umai and mixed them together

into something like this.

Only one problem…

I accidentally put too much salty in it. T_T

The meat is sweet and some how crunchy which I don’t understand, I think the lime juice somehow “cook” it?  It’s good, even nicer if I have rice to go with it XD

Unlike other city and towns of West Sarawak which are by the rivers, Bintulu and Miri are located next to the Sea.

So #waitwhat, we asked the driver to drop us at the nearest beach.

It’s awesome to have the beach next to the city but the beach we went wasn’t that good looking.

After that we went back to our hotel and I just wandered off on my own by foot.

I managed to found this mall nearby our hotel about 30 minutes walk away.

and managed to find bunch of Thai snacks! I love Thai snacks!! Their chips are sooo good!!

Bintulu is very sparsely distributed. There’s a limit on the places I can visit on foot. :( I wanted to check out the Council Negri monument but too bad it was too far away.

Walk walk walk and somehow I ended at the Bintulu waterfront.

While walking around.. something popped up in my mind..

whether there will be another paranormal activity at night or not.

Too bad didn’t manage to try any Bintulu signature food. (Bintulu famous for Belacan). Hope can return to Bintulu again in near future.

Anyway, off to Miri next!! > v <

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