It’s D first time going on an aeroplane. I’m not sure how he feels that day, but I know that he does not like unfamiliar places or things. There’s always a first for him.
It’s hubs and I first time going to East Malaysia. We are from West Malaysia, going to East Malaysia is just like going to another country. You can go in with your Malaysian identity card, but need a white form (to keep and return upon exit), so we brought our passports and had it stamped. We are allowed to stay in East Malaysia for up to 90 days only! Like I said, it’s just like going to another country.
We took Airasia 7.05am flight from Penang and reached Kuching at about 9.10am. Cousin SA picked us up from the airport.
Cousin SA asked us to skip breakfast on the flight so that we can experience local breakfast in Kuching. We went to a Pang Onn Restaurant near the airport and it is packed, couldn’t find a table at first.
We ordered some of the local hawker food.
A MUST TRY!
Clockwise: Glass Noodle with duck slices and wanton; Kampua Noodle; Sarawak Laksa; 3-Layer Tea (with “gula Melaka”)
Kampua noodle originated from Sibu, Sarawak. I especially love the Sarawak laksa. It’s so different from the laksa we used to have here. Finally I have tried the authentic one. I have tasted Sarawak Laksa from West Malaysia, and they are totally different. Now I know how the REAL one taste like!
It’s too early to check in to the hotel, so we stopped by at cousin SA place for a quick shower, rest and catch up. We then head out to Cat Museum and later found out it was not open on public holiday. But we stop for a little while to take some picture from the hill top.
Must take a picture of one of the roundabout. Kuching has the biggest roundabout than anywhere else in Malaysia.
Can see in the far right, Mount Santubong.
Then we head to Sarawak Museum. D is scared of all the animals replica, and the museum is a little too dark and eerie for him. Hubs had to bring him outside the moment we walked in.
Lunch at Song Kheng Hai food court.
D must be wondering why we have to eat so many times. He’s already restless and wants to walk around. We tried the famous Kong Pia, only can find in Sarawak. The pastry is chewy and goes well with the meat (taste like char siew pao meat)
From top left: Tomato Koay Teow, Kuay Chap, Belacan Beehoon. We do not like the fishy belacan taste of the belacan beehoon.
D is already very tired at this point, so we checked in to Pullman Hotel for a rest. D looking at the view of Kuching town from 9th floor.
The room is quite spacious. Bed is too tall for D to climb up and down. There is no breakfast top to make coffee. The air conditioner cannot be control, only turn on or off. The staff missed our morning papers 2 times.
Cousin SA came and pick us up for dinner at a authentic Iban restaurant, the Dyak. We have never tried this type of food ever before. I love it very much. It’s very healthy too. The “paku” is sauté, hence maintain the crisp of the vegetable.
“Pansoh Manuk” or bamboo chicken is a very popular Iban delicacy in Sarawak. The bamboo imparts a distinctive aroma to the food. The 3rd dish is “Ulam”. All are delicious.
The restaurant is decorated with fine art pieces, love them all.
And you might think we have finish eating for the day, oh no. We had to stop at Tom’s to get some cakes.
D is very very exhausted. He didn’t sleep well that night. He got up 10.30pm, 11.30pm and 12.30pm, looking around and cried. He saw unfamiliar surrounding and makes him scared. Luckily he managed to sleep through after that till morning.