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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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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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Gawai Longhouse Sarawak Trip

Sweet Revenge at the Longhouse (Episode 5)

Episode 1, 2, 3, 4,

Previously on episode 4, a sagging boobs nanny wanna ‘peek’ me bath. XD

Actually, I didn’t bath there but had all my baths at the waterfall nearby. It’s actually the same thing, the only difference is everyone is bathing together which makes it less awkward.

The journey took around 10 minutes, through the forest and no, there’s no wooden path like the one in the photo.

The villagers use water from the top of the waterfall (not this small waterfall, there’s few levels up the hill) for their daily activities. I heard they gonna use it to generate electricity to the longhouse in near future.

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back at the long house..after the bath

Revenge is sweet. 😀

Hohohoho

Someone is making “Tumbok”..punched potato leaves? 😛

Our dining “table”.

Firewood for our “stove”

This is where we used to kill time during the evening before dinner.

We are warned to not stay near the river as there might be hungry crocodile around.

Sun setting. Time to head home.

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:: Later that night ::

It will be my first time to sleep in a Longhouse. First thing, I noticed is..mosquitoes! Although, they closed all the windows and doors, a few of this fella managed to sneak in the house.

PA(Personal Assistant) Mel saw me blew a mosquito away instead of killing it and started questioning me. I lectured her bout my theory.. then suddenly..a bug land on her.

it turns out it’s not a Mosquitoes. OAO Poor firefly. More and more fireflies kept sneaking into the “house” after that and within minutes we have a Milky Way in the house.

Oh yea, they sleep early when there’s nothing to do. There’s no TV in the place we stayed.

To be continued..

Next on Longhouse trip.. I heard something last night?!!

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