Well, I am not going to focus on anything in particular in this post and will just ramble about odds and ends from my recent trip to Kuching. Well, every morning, this would greet us once we stepped out of the hotel room…
My daughter saw this photo and she said it looked like something from a horror movie. LOL!!! That’s from watching too many of those shows and a hyperactive imagination. But still, I would think that hotels should not limit the decor to the lift lobby area on each floor only. Some nice pictures and potted plants would certainly enhance the ambience, I’m sure.
We were there during the Gawai festive season…and in this particular hotel, instead of some pleasant, soothing piped-in music, they had Iban songs playing throughout the day. If you ask for my frank opinion, I really wonder why Iban music has NOT progressed since the days of the Linang Sisters, Christopher Kerry and Christopher Kelly through to the days of Michael Jemat, Richmond Allen or something like that…and to this present day, or perhaps they were playing some old “favourites”. I wouldn’t know as I hardly ever tune in to the local Iban stations but if that is what they have to offer today, the music has not changed one bit, still that pop yeh yeh genre that will conjure images of ladies in tight sarong kebaya and beehive hairstyles and horn-rimmed glasses doing the twist… And Teresa Teng would turn in her grave if she heard what they did to her beautiful and melodious “Yeh Liang Tai Piao Woe Ti Sing”!!!
Anyway, moving on…it certainly appears that Kuching is attracting a lot of visitors from all over the country as well as overseas. Every morning, the cafe would be filled to the brim…
Then you will see them leaving in the Bas Persiaran (tour bus) for the places of interest such as the Sarawak Cultural Village, the Semenggoh Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre and so on. There were a lot of school students from West Malaysia and Singapore; they certainly were a privileged group for as far as I know, many of MY students had hardly ever left Sibu all their lives! One evening, I saw a busload of women disembarking from one of those buses carrying bags and bags of stuff. Obviously they had been to that border town where the Indonesians peddlars sell very nice things at very low prices, ranging from poultry and vegetables to fabric and fashionwear. The thought crossed my mind that they would have to pay through their teeth for excess baggage if they were travelling by that cheap airline.
I would think that Kuching is a very good place for West Malaysians to go on a holiday. Hotels are cheaper! Capitol in KL charges around RM180 these days for one small miserable room…whereas for that kind of money, in Kuching, you can stay in a BIG triple deluxe room at Grand Continental, inclusive of breakfast for three! Other than that, you get all the (even more?) delicious delicacies Kuching has to offer at very much cheaper prices compared to KL and Penang…and a lot of people shop for rattan mats, handwoven blankets, those exclusive Sarawak pottery…and even ikan/telur terubok masin.
And by the way, while I was in Kuching, I spotted this sign…..
Now, what on earth could I be distributing? Hmmm…with the rising oil prices, perhaps I could make a fortune from distributing all my fat to be converted into petrol!!! ROTFLMAO!!!!