Sarawak Trip

Sampan Ride Across the Sarawak River

So I brought Haru to ride a sampan.

Sampan = Wooden boat

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Okay, we didn’t really landed on the lost island of Dinosaur but silly Haru really went and replied the Boat uncle “Yes” and nodded even though he doesn’t understand what the uncle just asked.  😐

Luckily, we ended up at the right port and village.

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SARAWAK LANGUAGE

In Sarawak, there’s a dialect/language called Sarawak Language or Sarawak Malay. It’s spoken widely by local especially the natives, and non natives who hang out with natives a lot. Lol.

Here’s some example of words, to give you an idea how it would sounds like..

  • Kamek  – Me / I
  • Kitak    – You
  • Sidak   – Them
  • Nya – He / She
  • Kamek orang – We
  • Asuk – Dog
  • Pusak – Cat
  • Manok – Chicken
  • Ya – That
  • Tok – This
  • Sitok – Here
  • Sia – There
  • Aok – Yes
  • Sik – No
  • Kali – Maybe
  • etc…

So how to communicate in Sarawak? Speak English or Malay. 😛

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Pak Tambang (Uncle Sampan Service)

Kuching City is divided by a river.

Although there are bridges across the river but there is one traditional and famous local way to travel across the river.

That is via the sampan service, Pak Tambang which fetches people across the river in a small boat for only 50 cents. Many times cheaper than driving all the way across the bridges.

This sampan service has been exist and operating since Brooke Era which is like more than 100 years ago.

I do not have photos from 100 years ago but this is the photo probably 40-50 years ago. The little boat on the right is the Pak Tambang. It’s quite a rare chance to ride a wooden boat these days especially in the cities of Malaysia.

Do have a try if you’re here before they face extinction when the government build the Golden Bridge over it. Oh, the best Layered Cake is located opposite too, another reason for you to cross the river hahaha.

Photos from Paul Sarawak, Robin Wong, and Sarawak Government portal.

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What about Malaysia? Well, it does not exist yet before all these, or in another word, has not been born yet.

So Happy Independence Day to all, 56th to Malayans and 50th to Sabahans. :)

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Food

Haru’s Food Ordering Logic

Haru’s logic: Order stuff/food he’s familiar with. 😐

Which reminds me, the other day, a Chinese friend told me that she went to Thailand with her family and they had Chinese food in Thailand.

At first I thought they had a meal or two, just to check out the difference but turned out they had Chinese food for the whole Thailand trip. 😐 I really don’t understand this. Can anyone help me to understand this?

It’s part of of traveling to experience something new or local there, right? Hmm.. maybe that’s the adventurous part of me.

And if you have a local friend to bring you around, do let him do the food ordering job.

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Let me introduce the 2 most famous breakfast dish in Kuching.

The Sarawak Laksa, thick bee hoon cooked with over 40+ spices, belacan, santan, chicken bones, prawn shells and served with slices of chicken meat and fresh prawns. Two types, differentiate by the color of the soup, brown color and the orangy-reddish color (spicy type).

Handmade noodle.

The Kolok Mee.  Dry curly egg noodle tosh together in vinegar, fish sauce, shallot oil and served with with spring onions, minced meat and bbq meat. Comes in white version and red version (bbq oil).

The image above is non halal version, halal version comes in sweet soya sauce and beef/chicken.

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From Kuching, the birth place of 3 layer tea…i present you..

Pandan + Milk + Tea + Grass Jelly.

oh, we have 5 layers too, if 4 layers are not enough for you.

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Feel free to download/check out the food guide i did.. XD

:: Kuching Food Guide Pdf Donwload ::

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