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Showing posts with label sarawak. Show all posts

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Miri App | Search, Locate, Rate & Review Everything About Miri

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Tiap kali kalau ada plan nak keluar dengan kawan mesti susah nak decide dekat mana nak makan kan. Fikir punya fikir dekat setengah jam baru dapat pilih nak makan apa dan nak makan dekat mana. Jangankan orang luar, aku sendiri pun kadang tak tahu apa saja yang ada di Miri ni sebab aku jarang makan diluar sebenarnya. 

Tapi sekarang dah tak payah pening-pening lagi nak fikir benda tu semua. Download je Miri App! Haa pernah tak dengar tentang Miri App? Aku tak pasti korang tahu atau tak tapi aku pun baru tahu kewujudan aplikasi ni sebenarnya. Ini bukan paid article or apa tapi disebabkan aku rasa tak ramai tahu tentang ni so aku nak tolong promote Miri App ni biar semua orang tahu! :P

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Apa itu Miri App?

Miri App adalah satu aplikasi yang menyediakan maklumat tentang Bandaraya Miri dalam bentuk mudah. Aplikasi ni sudah pun diperkenalkan sejak tahun lepas lagi sebenarnya. Ia adalah projek komuniti dan pelancongan oleh Majlis Bandaraya Miri. Tujuan utama Miri App ini dibina adalah untuk mempromosikan Bandaraya Miri! Dengan adanya Miri App ni, orang luar boleh cari maklumat tentang makanan, tempat-tempat menarik dan apa-apa acara menarik yang ada di kawasan Miri. Haa mudah kan sebab semuanya di hujung jari sahaja! 

Paparan Miri App

Semua gambar ni aku screenshot dari smartphone aku.

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bandaraya miri

bandaraya miri

bandaraya miri


Nampak clean, teratur dan mudah je nak guna kan? Untuk bab makanan tu jangan terkejut sebab memang ada halal dan non-halal punya. Tapi jangan risau sebab dekat maklumat kedai mereka ada letak logo halal. Untuk owner kedai makan atau event organiser, mereka boleh register maklumat mereka dalam sistem dan meriahkan lagi information yang ada dalam Miri App ni. Yang bestnya setiap apa yang kita click akan ada deskripsi dan butiran lanjut mengenai benda tu. At least taklah clueless sangat kan.

Untuk support Miri App ni, korang bolehlah download dan tinggalkan review dekat mana-mana tempat yang korang dah pergi. Kalau tak nak download tapi nak tinggalkan review boleh buat dekat Miri City Website. Untuk orang Miri pulak, sila support untuk tolong promosikan Bandaraya Miri! Let's make out town great!

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

First Hiking Experience : Bukit Kasut, Niah National Park

bukit kasut, niah national park

Sebelum ni aku pernah share tentang pengalaman aku ke Gua Niah (boleh baca sini Things To Do in Miri : Exploring Gua Niah) which aku pergi pada tahun 2015. Sekarang dah tahun 2017 baru aku berpeluang ke sana lagi. Kali ni bukan untuk melawat gua tapi untuk hiking di Bukit Kasut! It's my very first time hiking okay. Walaupun aku teramatlah tahu yang stamina aku tak akan cukup untuk sampai ke summit, tapi aku tetap degil dan eksaited nak pergi jugak.

I rejected many times bila kawan aku ajak sebab aku takut aku tak mampu buat aktiviti tu. Lagipun aku memang cuak gila kalau terpaksa agak tempat tinggi ni. But yeah, I did take the risk and challenge myself.

Bukit Kasut, Niah National Park

bukit kasut niah national park



Difficulty : 7/10 (potentially dangerous in parts)
Scenic value : 7/10
Flora & Fauna : 7/10
Distance : No accurate distances available
• This relatively tough walk takes you through a boggy riverine forest, with huge buttressed trees and noisy macaque monkeys. 
• The climb is steep and hard, involving several scrambles up near-vertical sections of narrow, sharp weathered limestone ridge - tripping or slipping could have potentially serious consequences. 
• From the top, there are fantastic views of the forest in the national park below, the town of Batu Niah, surrounding oil palm plantations and, off near the horizon, the South China Sea. 
• It is not a trek for the unfit or the timid.  The trail up the cliff is very steep and requires reasonable fitness levels.
Credit : TrekkingSarawak

Seeeee, I didn't even read about this before proceed to my adventure. It has been stated there that the trek is not for the unfit and timid like me. And I have no idea it would be that steep sebab kawan aku cakap trek tu sesuai untuk beginner. Penipu betol hahaha. (sorry mun kitak baca tok. jangan marah muah ciked hahaha.)

Journey Begin!

It was a last minute decision. Days before memang dah plan cuma tak confirm. So dari Miri ke Niah dalam pukul 9 pagi. Sampai dalam pukul 10 macam tu. Everything dah ready terus mulakan journey without regret walaupun sepanjang perjalanan dalam kereta tapak tangan aku dah berpeluh sebab takut macam mana agaknya nak naik sampai summit hahaha. Tak sempat nak stop and snap banyak gambar sebab masa tak mengizinkan. Perjalanan ke Bukit Kasut ni satu arah ke Gua Niah. Cuma nak masuk ke Gua Niah tu cabang sebelah kiri dan Bukit Kasut ni cabang sebelah kanan kalau tak silap.

bukit kasut niah national park

Awal-awal tu bagi aku okay je. Sebab jalan biasa but a bit licin lah. So kawan aku tolong carikan kayu panjang untuk aku jadikan hiking pole untuk memudahkan perjalanan aku. Tak ada lah asyik nak terjatuh je. Next time pergi hiking memang aku akan beli and bawa hiking pole sendiri. Bagi aku benda tu penting. Tak tau pulak kalau orang lain lah. Soooo jalan punya jalan, lebih kurang 2 or 3 jam macam tu, semangat aku terlarik sikit bila tengok tangga yang nauzubillah banyak ni. Penat naik woiii. Ingatkan Gua Niah je ada tangga banyak macam ni. Tak boleh buat lift or eskalator ke kat sinii huhuhu. Lift antik tarik guna tali tu pun boleh asalkan tak perlu naik nenek tangga macam ni. Gilalahh.

Bila dah di tangga yang paling last, ingatkan boleh bersuka ria. Rupanya ada yang lagi sadis menanti.

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Sayang aku tak ada snap gambar betapa curamnya jalan nak naik ke another atas Bukit Kasut ni. Batu-batuan yang entah aku sendiri tak pasti kat mana je nak pijak. Curam gilaaaa okay. I had no choice but to climb and continue this little adventure. Terkial-kial sampai termuntah for the sake of summit. Masa tu memang rasa nak give up sebab tak larat dan memang penat gila. I told ya stamina aku ciput je. Jogging pun fail apatah lagi nak hiking. Masa dekat batuan curam tu aku banyak berhenti. Nak menangis pun ada. Nasib baik kawan aku sabar. Memang la kena sabar sebab dia yang ajak ahahahaa.

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But guess what, baru suku aku naik tiba-tiba hari hujan pulak. Yes I was so dissapointed that day sebab tak dapat sampai summit. Penat je aku memenatkan diri sekali tengok terpaksa turun balik. Batuan tu start licin dah. That was when anxiety and phobia hits me. Kalau nak turun curam memang lagi nampak tinggi kan. Duhhhhhhhh rasa mcm nak duduk situ sampai hujan berhenti dan sampai laluan tu semua jadi kering je. Huhuhu. Tak ada rezeki nak sampai summit. Aku curious nak tahu apa lagi cabaran yang menanti aku lepas naik curam tu. Memang aku akan datang lagi next time.

bukit kasut niah national park


Hmm masa ni memang dah kepenatan yang amat dan teramatlah penat! Masa balik tu aku rasa dah a bit better lah walaupun jalan becak and jadi lagi licin. Haa tu lah kegunaan tongkat sakti. At least ada grip supaya tak tergelincir. Kasut yang aku guna pun bukan kasut hiking sebenarnya. Nak pergi hiking ni kalau boleh kena guna kasut yang memang untuk hiking. Tapak kasut lagi power grip. Attire pun kena cari yang sesuai supaya selesa.

Things I Learned! 

Dari hiking experience aku ni, ada few important things yang aku perlu ada untuk my next adventure. Kena sediakan awal-awal hiks!

Kasut hiking - Of course mesti ada sebab aku tak ada kasut yang sesuai hehehe!
Hiking pole - Untuk memudahkan pergerakan aku. Baca SINI kenapa mesti ada benda ni.
Gloves - Untuk protect jari jemarikuuu hahah. Jari aku melecet sebab pegang kayu terlampau lama.
Stamina - Supaya tak cepat pancit. Ada jual dekat kedai tak? Huhuhu
Survival kit - Yang ni memang harus ada dan aku rasa tak boleh sorang je bawak. Kalau sesat sorang kat mana nak cari pisau etc kalau dah semua benda dekat kawan yang lagi sorang?!

Sooooo, rasanya itu je yang aku nak kongsi dalam entri ni. Rasa macam kelakar pun ada bila ingat balik pengalaman ni. Stamina tak ada tapi ada hati nak pergi hiking tempat susah macam ni huhu. But at least aku dah buktikan yang aku dapat lawan ketakutan aku kan. I'm still a beginner dalam dunia outdoor activities ni. Suka tapi kena gagahkan diri untuk upgrade body system sebaiknya.

Till here then. Hope you enjoy reading. Toodles! x

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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Food Hunting : Places To Eat in Kuching



Kalau aku cakap a short trip mean it is really a short trip. I finally got a chance to visit Kuching city again after few years. First time datang Kuching masa tahun 2003 or 2004 agaknya. It has been a long time lah. Actually this was an unplanned trip. I was thinking hard about where to travel this year and suddenly Kuching crossed my mind. Bila survey tiket ngam ngam harga murah, I just bought it on the next day. I didn't discuss with my parents before purchasing them cause I'm afraid they won't let me go. So the only possible way to get the green-light from them is to buy it first. I'm pretty sure dad won't let me sia-siakan the ticket hehehe!

Omnomnomnomnomnom ~ 

Rasanya aku datang semata nak buat aktiviti food hunting dan menternak lemak tepu je. Tak banyak aktiviti lain yang aku buat sebab aku datang pun dalam 5 hari je. Jumpa anak buah Adam dan Naila tapi tu aku akan cerita dalam lain entri lah. Hiks.

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First Thing To Get While in Kuching! 

gulalet kuching

Benda dalam gambar dekat atas ni memang dari kecik aku panggil gulalet. Kalau di Miri memang susah cari dan yang aku tahu di Kuching je banyak jual benda alah ni. Ni bukan sabut kelapa mahupun ubi, tapi gula okayyy. So sweeeeeeeet macam aku hahaha. Aku suka makan benda ni. Curious nak tahu macam mana dorang buat! Kalau dekat tempat lain aku tak pasti ada or tak. Mungkin ada nama berlainan dan rasa berbeza kot. Kalau tak pernah cuba, mesti wajib cuba okay :D


Best Places To Eat in Kuching! 

I don't really get a chance to eat at many restaurants on this short trip. Unless I have a big tummy tank, then I'm sure I can go food hunting more and eat nonstop! Aku kuat makan tapi aku cepat kenyang. Kalau dah kenyang tu sampai tak larat nak buat apa dah. Lol just kidding!

Pure Fish Ball Cafe

best places to eat in kuching
Gambar ni gambar ihsan pakcik google. Masa makan disini aku tak sempat nak snap gambar sebab terus makan je. Don't be surprised! Well, aku pun terkejut juga sebenarnya masa first time datang sini. Kedai cina kot. Tapi bila masuk dalam, wah, banyak jugak customer melayu rupanya. Nah, they don't serve pork. Masa dekat sini aku makan buttermilk chicken. Daebak lah. Simple tapi sedap! Harga makanan pun affordable okay! Kalau nak tengok gambar-gambar makanan dekat Pure Fish Ball Cafe ni boleh tengok dekat facebook page mereka (https://www.facebook.com/purefishballcafe/). But please don't blame me if your tummy go crazy when seeing the food photos!

Mom's Laksa @ Rojak Muhammad Kucei Cafe 

best places to eat in kuching

It has been said that laksa at Mom's Laksa is one of the best in Sarawak. Kinda lucky to get this chance to try this even I'm not really a fan of laksa heheh! I do love this one except for that daun ketumbar garnish on top of my laksa!!! Kalau aku tahu mereka guna daun tu, memang aku tak suruh letak lol. Sedap memang sedap. Harga kalau tak silap aku dalam RM5 or RM6 maybe. Lupa. But worth it la sebab rasa nang nyaman bah heh. Another thing that I tried here is the rojak. Tauk sik apa rojak?

best places to eat in kuching

Tadaaa! Ini adalah rojak kambing wahai rakan sekalian! Kalau siapa suka makan lamb memang patut cuba. Sedap bak hang! Aku makan ni on spot lepas makan laksa hahahaa. Memang sesi menternak lemak sangat! Makan sampai rasa nak termuntah sebab tummy terlampau full. Kalau untuk rojak kambing ni tak ada portion kecil. Yang ni size medium dan harga RM14.50 sepinggan. Ehem aku share dengan kawan okay. Kalau makan sorang rasanya aku dah terbaring dekat kedai tu lol. 

Aiskrim Gulapong at Kuching's Open Air Market 

best places to eat in kuching

I know this photo doesn't look fancy and meriah like other aiskrim gulapong. I was a bit frustrated too actually cause when I came there, the only option for the topping that I have is the crunchy cornflakes. Masa berbaris tu bukan main lagi aku plan nak letak everything which is the crunchy peanut and the cookies. Tapi sayang cuma ada encik cornflake yang tinggal keseorangan je masa tu. Hiks. The taste not bad sebab aiskrim vanilla tu tak manis sangat dan rasa gulapong drizzle tu pun dah gila manis. Tambah lagi aku yang makan memang double triple manis lah. Huhu. This place is among one of the best places in Kuching to have your gulapong icecream ok! Do check it out :D

Swee Kang Ais Kacang 

best places to eat in kuching

Kalau sebelum ni selalu tengok je orang post pasal Swee Kang, kali ni turn aku pulak nak rasa apa yang mereka serve dekat sana. I'm a fan of ABC cendol etc and bagi aku memang sedap lepak makan ais kacang dekat Swee Kang. Apa yang aku tahu kedai ni memang femes di Kuching! Makanan dalam gambar tu pulak namanya Cha Kueh. Masakan simple tapi tengok orang yang buat makanan ni busy yang amat which is maksudnya memang banyak orang order nak makan ni. Kedai bukak dari jam 12 tengahari sampai pukul 6 petang kalau tak silap. Kalau nak datang sini pastikan pukul 11 dah tunggu dekat depan kedai okay. Kalau datang lambat terpaksalah bawak kerusi dan meja sendiri dari rumah hohoho. 


Kak Pah Nasi Kerabu

best places to eat in kuching

At first aku tak nak makan nasi kerabu sebab tak berapa suka. But then lastnya termakan jugak. Pergi masa blackout dan hari memang dah gelap dah. But I'm quite surprised cause people be like ahhh-blackout-dont-care-yang-penting-dapat-makan-situ dan kami pun makan ala-ala candlelight dinner. Nak snap gambar pun dalam gelap. Nak pakai flash malu pulak hahaha. Aku makan nasi kerabu ayam percik. Yang lain-lain semua sedap but too bad ayam agak kering. Tapi makan tetap habis okay!!

Raja Ayam Bakar

best places to eat in kuching

Ni pulak salah satu tempat makan femes di Kuching. Raja ayam bakar!! Kalau datang Kuching mesti pergi sini okay. Kedai memang tersangatlah ramai orang tapi servis taklah terlampau lambat. Sambal memang perghh lahh! Overall semua okay cumaaaaaa, ayam tu a bit pahit yang bahagian luar maybe sebab hangus sikit kot. Haa bukan ini je menu yang ada okay. Ada banyak lagi pilihan lain yang boleh dicuba kalau datang sini. Masa tu ada tengok orang meja sebelah makan ayam penyet agaknya. Nampak wow gitu lorhhh. Insyallah kalau datang Kuching lagi next time nak cuba menu lain pulak.

Emma Bakso

best places to eat in kuching

Yang ni pulak first time aku makan bakso yang guna tiga jenis mee. Nak makan pun konfius hahaha. Selalu makan bakso guna mihun je. Lokasi kedai ni dekat area Semariang. Portion nampak sikit tapi kalau dah makan memang kenyang lah. Rasa pun not bad jugak. Kalau aku makan mee ada sup macam ni tak sah kalau tak letak kicap, limau dan cili barulah perghhhh! Aku tak pasti kalau kedai lain guna tiga jenis mee macam ni but kalau nak try boleh la ke kedai ni. Hihi.

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So that was all yang aku makan masa di Kuching haritu. Pada pendapat aku semua makanan yang aku mention dekat atas semua sedap. Belum ada lagi makanan yang buat aku marah. Actually ada banyak lagi tempat makan yang best. Cuma tak sempat nak agak je. Takkan nak keep on eating even perut dah kenyang kan? Ya bena rangkak namanya :P Anyway, I hope you enjoy reading this post. Don't miss out the places if you're heading to Kuching cityyy! Toddles ~ x

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Sunday, November 20, 2016

Things To Do In Miri : Tusan Cliff Beach

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Last week I went to Tusan cliff beach for the first time after longing to be there since the amazing phenomenon happened in that place. Located around 40km from the Miri city, it took about 30-40 minutes to reach the place. It's also quite near to Bekenu district. The view there is freaking amazing! Thank to the great weather though!

things to do in miri sarawak

Tusan cliff beach has been famous among the locals after a rare natural phenomenon occurred last October and September 2015. They found out that the waves were glowing in blue and they called them as a Blue Tears. The incredible sight was caused by a bio-luminescent phytoplankton that usually found in Maldives and another islands in another countries. Blue Tears doesn't happen all the time and we have yet to found out when it will happen again.

tusan beach miri sarawak

The cliff at the Tusan beach is somewhat known as a horse's head (Batu Kuda) by the locals. Not sure if you could see the cliff like a horse's head, but if you really take a look at it, you will figure it out that it does look like a horse's head with its curly hair and currently drinking the ocean waters :p When I was here last week, I couldn't reach the horse's head since the tide was on a high level as known as air pasang. You can obviously see it in the photo. There's no way I would walk across that water lol. But if you are lucky enough to be under that cliff, you will be able to see the Miri seahorse lighthouse from that spot!

miri sarawak attraction

miri sarawak attraction

Aside from the beautiful scenery of the beach and the cliff, it is said that ancient fossils are known to be found in this area. The natural rocks layers on the cliffside area also makes it a geologist's playground.

tusan beach miri


miri sarawak tusan beach

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Beach and sunset lover? I believe Tusan beach is perfect for you! The scenery is very breathtaking. Even though it just looks the same like other beaches, you will still get a different vibes when being in an unusual place. Nothing beats the magnificent power of nature! The beach is harder to reach since it is located a bit far from the town. But the short trip gonna worth it!

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There's something that people need to know before they come here. Notice the height in the photos? Yes, that means the beach is down there and you have to take a short steep-walk from the top to the bottom. For people that is afraid of height (LIKE ME), it will be a bit bothersome though. Nak turun payah, nak naik pun payah. Panic attack menyerang. But no, its not that dangerous. I'm proud of myself that I challenged my fear just for the sake of beautiful scenery. Mission accomplished!

things to do in miri
things to do in miri
Another fun part of being in the beach, you can spend few bucks for the street foods. And also enjoy the moment with the buskers! Penat-penat dari bawah boleh rilek dan santai minum air kepala dan makan makanan lokal!

tusan beach miri

tusan beach miri

Tusan beach is really a great place to escape from the hectic life in town since it is also a remote area. If you are planning to pay a visit in Miri Sarawak, don't miss a chance to visit Tusan beach!

Toddles!

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Sunday, July 31, 2016

How Much Do You Know About Sarawak?


I don't know how to react after watching this video. It's both funny and heartbreaking sebenarnya lol. This make me realize that I need to do something to get the fact right about my beloved Sarawak. Kindly watch and say your sincere thought about our state okay? :D 

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Sunday, May 22, 2016

8 National Parks in Sarawak

This is definitely one of the reasons to love Sarawak, especially for a nature lover. Apart from the foods, Sarawak offers an incredible beauty of nature. We have the most extensive protected area networks in Malaysia. Based on Sarawak Forestry, the protected area network includes 30 national parks, 4 wildlife sanctuaries and 10 nature reserves. There are only 15 of them that is opened to public which includes national parks, nature reserves and wildlife centers. And in this post, I am going to list 8 of the national parks in Sarawak!

gunung mulu, miri sarawak
Photo Credit : Wikipedia
1. Gunung Mulu National Park is famous for its limestone karst formations. Features include enormous caves, vast cave networks, rock pinnacles, cliffs and gorges. The 52,864-ha park contains seventeen vegetation zones, exhibiting some 3,500 species of vascular plants. Its palm species are exceptionally rich, with 109 species in twenty genera noted. The park is dominated by Gunung Mulu, a 2,377 m-high sandstone pinnacle. At least 295 km of explored caves provide a spectacular sight and are home to millions of cave swiftlets and bats. The Sarawak Chamber, 600 m by 415 m and 80 m high, is the largest known cave chamber in the world.It has been said that the chamber is so big that it could accommodate about 40 Boeing 747s, without overlapping their wings. The nearby Deer Cave is one of the largest single cave passages in the world. (source : Wikipedia & UNESCO)

gua niah, miri sarawak
Photo Credit  : Wikipedia
2. Niah is one of Sarawak’s smaller national parks, but it is certainly one of the most important, and has some of the most unusual visitor attractions. The park’s main claim to fame is its role as one of the birthplaces of civilisation. The oldest modern human remains discovered in Southeast Asia were found at Niah, making the park one of the most important archaeological sites in the world. Yet there is much more to Niah than archaeology. A vast cave swarming with bats and swiftlets; the thriving local economy based on birds-nests and guano; ancient cave paintings; a majestic rainforest criss-crossed with walking trails; abundant plant and animal life - all these and more make up the geological, historical and environmental kaleidoscope that is Niah. Niah National Park is located on the Sungai (River) Niah, about 3 km from the small town of Batu Niah, 110 km south-west of Miri. (source : Sarawak Forestry)

bako, miri sarawak
Photo Credit  : Borneo Adventure
3. With its rainforest, abundant wildlife, jungle streams, waterfalls, interesting plant life, secluded beaches, panoramic rocky shoreline, bizarre rock formations and extensive network of trekking trails, Bako It is one of the smallest national parks in Sarawak, yet one of the most interesting, as it contains almost every type of vegetation found in Borneo. The well-maintained network of nature trails - from easy forest strolls to full-day jungle treks – allows visitors to get the most out of this unique environment. National Park offers visitors an excellent introduction to the rainforest and coastline of Borneo. Bako may not have an instantly recognisable star attraction, but there can be very few places in the world that pack so much natural beauty into such a limited area, all just 37 km from Kuching. Its accessibility - and its sheer range of attractions and activities - have made Bako one of the most popular parks in Sarawak. (source : Sarawak Forestry)

loagan bunut, miri sarawak
Photo Credit : Trip Advisor
4. Loagan Bunut, which centers around Sarawak’s largest natural lake, is one of the most unusual aquatic ecosystems in Malaysia. The lake normally covers an area of approximately 65 hectares. However when the water level in the adjacent Tinjar river is low, the shallow lake can drain completely, leaving a huge expanse of dried and cracked mud. This normally occurs two to four times a year, in February and in late May or early June/July. This unique cycle of flood and drought has created a remarkable food chain which supports a large variety of aquatic and terrestrial animals. The remaining parkland, which covers approximately 100 sq km, is covered with a variety of forest types, ranging from mixed peatswamp forest with huge stilt-rooted trees at the water’s edge, to towering Alam forest with a canopy height of over 60 m. (source : Sarawak Forestry)

lambir, miri sarawak
Photo Credit: Wikipedia
5. Lambir Hills National Park is probably the world’s most complex and diverse forest eco-system. In a total area of just 6,952 hectares, experts have found what appears to be the greatest level of plant biodiversity on the planet. It is not only plant life that is diverse and plentiful at Lambir - 237 different species of birds (at the last count), flying squirrels, wild pigs, gibbons, many different types of monkey, various species of deer, and untold insects and other invertebrates, all combine to create Lambir’s rich biological kaleidoscope. As if all this abundant nature wasn’t enough, Lambir’s unusual geology has created dozens of sparkling waterfalls and bathing pools scattered about the rainforest. Take into account how compact and conveniently located Lambir is, and you have one of the most accessible and enjoyable national parks in all of Malaysia. (source : Sarawak Forestry)

similajau, miri sarawak
Photo Credit : Paul White via Flickr

6. The beauty of Similajau National Park is its coastline, a chain of golden sandy beaches, punctuated by small rocky headlands and jungle streams, and bordered by dense green forest.The park covers an area of 8,996 hectares, and the main trekking trail hugs the coast so that visitors are never far away from the main attractions of Similajau. Similajau is best visited during the dry season (approximately February to October) when the coastline at its most beautiful and the emerald green waters are crystal clear and ideal for swimming. The park is located 30 km north-east of the town of Bintulu, and is a very popular destination at weekends. If you wish to avoid the crowds you are advised to go during the week, when you are likely to have the park very much to yourself. (source : Sarawak Forestry)

batang ai, miri sarawak
Photo Credit : Travel2Malaysia

7. Batang Ai National Park is part of the region’s largest trans-national protected area for tropical rainforest conservation. The 24 sq km park adjoins the Lanjak-Entimau Wildlife Sanctuary in Malaysia and the Bentuang-Karimun National Park in Indonesia. Together these totally protected areas cover almost 10,000 sq km and form a sanctuary for one of the few viable orang utan populations in Borneo (estimated at over 1,000 animals) as well as many other endangered species. For conservation reasons, Batang Ai National Park is the only part of this area open to visitors, but as it has the highest orang utan population density in central Borneo (up to 1.7 animals per sq km), there is a good possibility of seeing wild orang utan. However orang utan sightings should be regarded as a bonus not as a guaranteed experience. (source : Sarawak Forestry)

gunung gading, miri sarawak
Photo Credit : Alexander Leong
8. Gunung Gading National Park has a very special star attraction - the Rafflesia, the world’s largest flower - and the park is one of the best places in Asia to view the Rafflesia’s spectacular blooms. Gunung Gading sprawls across four jungle-clad mountain peaks, and its dense primary rainforest is criss-crossed by crystal clear streams and waterfalls. The park is easily accessible from Kuching on a day trip. Those wishing to stay longer can enjoy Gunung Gading’s other attractions - particularly its rainforest scenery, waterfalls and jungle trails. Some of these trails lead to the peaks of the mountains that make up the park and offer challenging jungle treks. (source : Sarawak Forestry)

Ain't this is amazing to you? There are also other national parks in Sarawak and you can simply visit the Sarawak Forestry website to see the list and read the information. Among all the national parks I listed here, I have only been to Gua Niah National Park. The rest is yet to be explored! Maybe I'm not supposed to create this post cause I myself never been to these places before. My intention is only to share with people about the places and for myself to learn and read. If I had the chance, I would defnitely go to all this places. Lambir Hills National Park is seriously the nearest from my town yet I still haven't got a chance to visit the place. Hopefully one day I am able to experience and get closure to this nature for real! 

Toddles! x 
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Sunday, May 01, 2016

A Little Bit About Sarawak

Born and raised in one of a division in Sarawak has made me a Sarawakian. Living for almost 23 years here, I am sad to announce that I still haven't got a chance to discover my beloved state yet. I never seen a long house for real and never been to rural area in my entire life. Yeah I know that it sounds pathetic. That is why a travel plan suddenly crossed my mind. But before proceeding to that travel whole thingy, lets learn a little bit about Sarawak first! 

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Sarawak is also known as Bumi Kenyalang (Land of Hornbills) and one of Malaysian states on the island of Borneo. It's a largest state in Malaysia which is located in northwest Borneo, bordering the state of Sabah to the northeast, Kalimantan Borneo to the south, and surrounding the independent state of Brunei. Capital city of Sarawak is Kuching. Sarawak is divided into 12 divisions which are Limbang, Miri, Bintulu, Kapit, Sibu, Mukah, Sarikei, Betong, Sri Aman, Samarahan, Kuching dan Serian. Each division is then divided into districts and sub-districts.

Kuching : Kuching (Siburan, Padawan), Bau, Lundu (Sematan)
Samarahan : Kota Samarahan, Asajaya, Simunjan (Sebuyau)
Serian : Serian (Siburan), Tebedu
Sri Aman : Sri Aman (Lingga, Pantu), Lubok Antu (Engkilili)
Betong : Betong (Spaoh, Debak, Maludam), Pusa, Saratok (Roban, Kabong, Budu)
Sibu : Sibu, Kanowit, Selangau
Mukah : Mukah (Balingian), Dalat (Oya), Daro (Belawai), Matu (Igan)
Miri : Miri (Subis, Niah-Suai, Bario Kelabit), Marudi (Beluru, Long Lama)
Bintulu : Bintulu (Sebauh), Tatau
Limbang : Limbang (Ng Medamit), Lawas (Sundar, Trusan)
Sarikei : Sarikei, Meradong, Julau, Pakan
Kapit : Kapit (Nanga Merit), Song, Belaga (Sungai Asap)

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Ethnic in Sarawak
Sarawak has more than 40 sub-ethnic groups. Each ethnic has their own language, culture and lifestyle. Ain't that amazing?! (Honestly I only know Sarawak Malay regardless of the fact that I am actually half Melanau) Major ethnic groups are Iban, Malay, Chinese, Bidayuh, Melanau and Orang Ulu.

Religion in Sarawak
Sarawak people is practising a variety religions such as Islam, Christian, Buddhist, Chinese folk religion which is Taoism and Confucianism and also Animism. Among all religion, Christian is the highest belief in Sarawak followed by Islam and Buddhism. It is the only state in Malaysia where Christian outnumbers Muslim. Despite the distinction of religion and culture, Sarawak is still able to maintain the peacefulness and harmonious between the people regardless from what background they are coming from.

Language in Sarawak
The main language is Bahasa Sarawak (Sarawak Malay) which has a different dialect from spoken language in Peninsular Malaysia. Iban language is also widely spoken among people in Sarawak. Other than that, Bidayuh language has six major dialects which only spoken by few while Orang Ulu has about 30 different dialects  But based on history, English was the sole language in Sarawak and has always been the official language.

Have you gotten enough with this bits and pieces about Sarawak? I would say that my beloved state is really unique as the diversity of the ethnics and cultures has made it special and one of a kind! You gotta to hold on as I will write more about Sarawak especially about foods and its hidden gems!. I really wish I could visit the places by myself so it would be easy for me to be a storyteller.

P/S: If there's something somewhere wrong in this post, please tell me in a proper way. Thank you!

Toddles! x

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

4 Must Try Foods in Sarawak

Have you ever been to Sarawak and try our local foods? Just like other districts in Malaysia, we also have something different which you probably never tried and might be there are certain things you have never seen in your place. Perhaps okay perhaps. These are something you should try when you are visiting Sarawak. Let's check it out yo :D 

1. Mee Kolok


mee kolok miri

Mee Kolok is indeed the most famous one! It looks very simple but remember not to judge a book by its cover. Trust me, once you try this, you will always crave for more. It can be served with meat or chicken or sunny side up egg :D I prefer to eat this with homemade chilli condiment which is specifically for Mee Kolok. And of course, you can request to have Mee Kolok Biasa (see above picture) or Mee Kolok Sup or Friend Mee Kolok. 

2. Laksa Sarawak


makanan sarawak laksa

Laksa Sarawak is so unique and different. Unlike other laksa that made of certain fish as its base, the main ingredient for laksa sarawak is made from a wide range of elements. The soup contains sambal belacan (shrimp paste) which leads to the crimson colour mix with coconut milk and sour tamarind. The topping will be shredded chicken, omelette strips, prawn and lime with sambal belacan. Sounds nice? Of course, it is and that is why it a must try food when you are in Sarawak!

3. Buah Dabai


makanan sarawak dabei

This is one of my favourites! It's a seasonal fruit. Trust me, once you fall in love with this, there's no turning back. No, this is not a blackberry :P  It is called as buah dabai and it is one of the exotic fruits in Sarawak. The skin is edible and the flesh tastes very unique. The yellowish it is, the creamiest it is :D We usually soak it in a hot water until it gets soft, drain it and sprinkle it with a pinch of salt. It also can be preserved by soaking them in soy sauce. Dabai fried rice is one of speciality in Sarawak too! I bet many people never tried this yet. You gotta try cause it is a MUST. Sekali cuba pasti nak lagi :P

4. Buah Engkalak 


makanan sarawak engkalak

Does it look cute? I am not really sure how to describe the taste. But it is super creamy. Creamy than buah dabai. The way you prepare this is same as buah dabai which you need to soak it in hot water, drain it and sprinkle with a pinch of salt. As for what I read, the specific name for this fruit is Litsea Garciae which is belong to avocado family too. If you love avocado, then you will surely love this! It's a seasonal fruit too so plan your trip wisely if you want to try out some exotic fruits in Sarawak.

There are still more in the list. But I can only write four of them as the time won't let me write any longer. I will surely add more on this later. So have you ever tried any of these? Do you like it or it cannot go well with you? :P Well, it has been said that to fall in love with something, you have to try it three times. The first try you will definitely spit out. But the second try will change your perception as you will realise that it is actually tastes good and not bad at all. And the third try, voila, you will find out that it is one of the yummiest edible things you can eat on earth! :D

Till here then.

Toddles! x
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Wednesday, March 02, 2016

Things To Do In Miri: Beaching at Luak Esplanade

Luak Esplanade is so famous among Mirians dan daerah sekutunya. Every Sunday the place will be crowded by local people. Since hari ahad adalah hari untuk bersuka ria menghilangkan ke-stress-an, to be among the crowded at the beach is the best option to do other than spending time watching movie at cinema :D Mostly memang manusia akan melepak, berkelah, buat bbq party, main kejar-kejar, selfie berjuta dengan laut dan sunset, makan sambil menikmati keindahan ataupun main tiup bubble dekat sana. Nak mandi pun boleh but just be extra careful. Kalau angin kuat don't ever dare to swim. Common sense lah kan sebab bahaya. 

The location is quite far away from my home. Dalam lebih kurang 20 minit macam tu rasanya. Its around 11km south of town. Way to reach the beach are by getting a taxi or bus or you may hire me as a part time driver hahaks! 

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luak esplanade miri sarawak
Its actually a normal beach. But the famous one for Mirians. Seronok tengok sunset! Hanya hari Ahad paling ramai. Para peniaga pun ada berniaga di area sini. So kalau nak menternak lemak pun boleh hihi. But bukan makanan berat lah. Just a simple dishes! Maaflah sebab gambar tu je yang aku ada snap yang menampakkan manusia. Heheh! 

miri sarawak
Ini bukan penderaan sama sekali. Adik aku yang rajin nak tanam kaki aku. Ingat aku tak dapat nak bergerak lettew bila kaki dah kena tanam. Hihiks. 

luak esplanade miri sarawak

luak esplanade miri sarawak
Silhouette photos kesukaan aku! Ada macam geng power rangers tak? Hiks seronok jugak snap photo macam ni. I am so into silhouette! Cuba teka aku mana satu hahahaha!

beach republic miri sarawak
Posing maut hihiks. Kalau skill photography tiptop memang boleh dapat shot lagi cantik! The sunset that day was so perfect! 

luak esplanade miri sarawak
I just love being at the beach and chasing the sunset! Do you know about bio-luminescent phytoplankton that make the waves glowing at night? Benda tu cuma ada certain tempat je macam kat Maldives. But surprisingly, last year benda tu ada dekat lautan Miri. But I never get a chance to see them for real. Sebab benda tu ada around pukul 11pm and above cause its not glowing all the time. And siapa nak pergi tepi laut tengah malam? Huhuhu. And we Mirians called it Blue Tears! Hopefully next time benda tu datang lagi kat sini :D

Kalau datang Miri, do visit Luak Esplanade! Its one of a must visit place in Miri hihihi. It may be just a normal beach, but the feeling to be in new places is always different cause the environment pun berbeza. Miri city is growing now and I can't wait to share more about my hometown!

Till here then. Toddles! 
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