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Sarawak Trip

Miao to the Semenggoh Wildlife Centre

 You know you went to a place too often when…

you know some of their names. 😐

Whenever one visit Kuching, I will bring them to visit the famous red ape of Borneo, orangutan. The Orangutan is a red ape that is natives to Borneo and Sumatra.

There’s a rehabilitation centre 11 miles away from Kuching called the Semenggoh Wildlife Centre. It is a centre and reserved forest for saved or injured orangutan to recover.

Credit: Miracle

Credit: Virtual Malaysia

The orang utans are free to roam around this area and the chances of seeing one depends on your luck, their stomach and the weather. If you’re lucky, they might just walk passed in front of you.

Do check the place out if you’re in Kuching.

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Sarawak Trip

Haru at the Sarawak Layered Cake Shop

There’s a village across the Sarawak River, and there lies one of Kuching’s famous Layered Cake.  And being in Kuching, one should really go and try the cakes.

So I brought Haru over when we were there…

The kid really did that!! I was like What The Meow!! He really taste it and put it back when he does not like it.  I think the kid learn from his parents because I see some parent tends to eat what their kids don’t like to eat. 😐 Seriously, parents stop doing that.

Well that’s not the shocking part…

because just right after that…

Haru.. if you’re reading this. Hmm.. ehh… Sorry, I was too late to inform you and since you already ate it, I think it’s best to keep it a secret then.

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Sarawak Layered Cake

Sarawak Layered Cake is one of the must eat food in Kuching or Sarawak. Sarawakians eat and serve this food mostly during festive holidays like Chinese New Year, Hari Gawai, Hari Raya and even Christmas.

The Layered Cake is actually originate from the neighbour Indonesia but revamp and re-modified with a touch of Sarawak local food like Horlicks, Carbury and tribal design, Pua Kumbu.

There are two types too, dry one and the moist one. (And no, it’s not from the saliva. hahaha) I personally prefer the moist one and served cold :D. Oh, I got the photos from Dayang Salhah, the shop I always visit since the boss always ask me to eat for free. hahah

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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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