At the Land of Hornbill

Last year, hubby managed to grab free Air Asia ticket for 3 of us to Kuching (the 1,000,000 free ticket campaign).  So after about 9 months later, off we go to the Land of Hornbill. Yeayy!!!

The last time we were on airplane, AE was not yet 2 years old. So this time at the airport, we can see AE was very excited looking at all the planes:). We arrived around 10am and went straight to the hotel. After reading reviews, I decided to book Hilton (coz we fly on free tickets so never mind to spend a bit for accomodation).

at comfy Hilton lobby. AE loves this place so much he was running here and there.

We register, put our luggage and started sightseeing around Kuching.

strolling along the waterfront, located just opposite Hilton.

The weather was a bit drizzling so we bought an umbrella at nearby 7-E. After lunch, we headed on foot towards Sarawak Museum, which consists of 2 buildings (old & new wing). I’ve been to other state-owned museum, and this one is really nice especially the new building. It is very informative.  Do you know that James Brooke just some rich boy, where his father gave him thousands of pounds where he bought a ship, then landed on Kuching and suddenly become the King there? I thought he is part of the British Government Colony. Maybe I didn’t pay attention in history class huh…

with a real whale 'bones' at Sarawak Museum.

Around 4.00pm, we went back to hotel, ready to rest. AE loved our room so much he excitedly jumped on the bed. I remember when I was younger I like to do that, too and I didn’t understand why my mom won’t let me. Thus this time I just let AE jump. Well, actually I jumped with him:), until he fell down and hubby scold me *sigh*.

I guess AE was tired from the traveling, sightseeing and jumping, he dozed off at 6.00pm that night. So we just order room service that night. Delicious triple decker sandwich!!! yummy!

The next morning, we head to Semenggoh Orang Utan Centre. We actually have been to Sepilok Centre in Sabah but since AE has not, we thought we should bring him there. Plus he’s been to too many malls in KL so it’s good we do a back to nature thingy here. 

 
 
 

AE with his daddy at Semenggoh entrance

The journey from Kuching to Semenggoh is around 40 minutes; the road is in good condition. There were a lot of tourists, especially foreigners.  But it was drizzling so with umbrella in my hand the Orang Utan pictures are not that nice so I’m not going to upload here hehe…

From Semenggoh, we went to Jong’s Crocodile Farm. If you already in Semenggoh, try to go to Jong’s Farm as well as it was nearby – around 20 minutes. It will save your cab fare.

I’ve been to Malacca and Sabah Crocodile Farm and this one is definetely the best. It has a lot of crocodiles (I think thousands of them!). The highlight is definitely the crocodile feeding show. If in Sea World we have dolphin show, this one is like that but with crocodile:).

us watching the show

 

and SNAP! that chicken out of string:)

 The worker will play with the string so there will be a few tries before the crocs able to eat the yummy chickens.

Later in the evening, we take a boat ride across to Kg. Melayu. On the boat, AE pointed outside and said “KLCC…KLCC…”. I told him there’s no KLCC here, but then hubby said he actually pointing at a big biliboard of Celcom ad with KLCC picture:) haha…datang jauh2 negeri orang tengok KLCC jugak ek….

We ate laksa sarawak and mee kolok at Kg. Melayu (konon kalau dah sampai Kuching kena try makanan orang Kuching laa kan). The taxi driver also recommended us to buy kek lapis sarawak there, at a shop called Dayang Salhah. There were a few kek lapis booth, but certainly the Dayang Salhah was the famous one. Ramai giler orang!!! Diorang siap buat delivery lagik to the hotels kalau kite request hehe…The taxi driver said Dayang Salhah was one of the first who started to commercialize the kek lapis sarawak to the tourists. Skang dah kaya raya beb.

AE loves the mee kolok:)

 

at Dayang Salhah's shop. See the arrays of layer cakes!!! pening beb taktau dah nak angkat yg mana satu. Sumer sedap!

The next day we went to Sarawak Cultural Village at Santubong. It is like a ‘living museum’ where you can see real people (they are actually museum workers) work, dance, cook & play at real traditional houses. There are a lot of houses based on different ethnicity, such as Iban, Bidayuh, Melanau, Penan, etc. Each of them has different culture and ways of life. Very interesting.

We’ve been to Sabah Cultural Village, but the Sarawak one is much bigger.  Towards the end I was tired walking sampai kan Rumah Melayu and Rumah Cina taknak tengok eksyen beb hehe…The show was longer and more formal. AE loves the show, I think he’s really into musical:)

AE grinding rice at Bidayuh house

at the Melanau's house. Melanau people play this game when someone just past away or when someone is sick (to cheer them up)

AE at Rumah Orang Ulu

Hubby was eager to go back there during Rainforest Music Festival but I’m not sure about that..Hmm…see how it goes.

Later that afternoon we went to the airport back to KL. I really love this holiday, especially because I was there with the loved ones and we got to spend our time together. More pictures is in my FB. See ya later alligator:)

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