Make It As the Locals Do

Indah House Kuching, located off of Carpenter Street at Kuching’s epicentre, provides opportunities for visitors to learn how to prepare local delicacies just as the locals do.

Starting with a visit to the local farmers’ market, visitors will learn about Sarawak jungle produce and speak to the farmers, before selecting the ingredients for their cooking class to be prepared, cooked and eaten together.

The styles and cultures of the food include Sarawak Malay, Dayak and Chinese, with some vegan and vegetarian recipe options as well.

The class will take approximately three and a half hours, excluding eating time, and registration has a minimum requirement of two pax for RM180.

For more information and for booking, visit www.facebook.com/IndahHouseKuching/

Retrieved from Indah House Kuching facebook page
Retrieved from Indah House Kuching facebook page

Ride and Hike Bako

The ‘Ride and Hike Bako’ is a two-day adventure that includes a look into the local culture of the seaside Kampung Bako and nature of Bako National Park.

You can cycle in and around Kampung Bako, stopping by for lunch in one of the local fisherman stilt houses and watch how the villagers make their shrimp paste.

The tour also includes a boat ride through a mangrove swamp near the seaside village as well as trekking and animal spotting through Bako National Park, which is a protected peninsular.

The ‘Ride and Hike’ tour includes land and water transfers, an English speaking guide, a bicycle and helmet, meals as well as the National Park entrance fees and overnight accommodations.

For more information visit https://sarawaktourism.com/itinerary/sarawakje-ride-hike-bako-2d1n/

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Tribute To Our Fallen Heroes

The World War II Memorial service for Sarawak Volunteer Mechanics and Drivers was held at Zu Tze Temple in Tabuan Laru on August 20.

The service was in recognition of the sacrifices of nearly 100 Sarawak volunteer drivers and mechanics who travelled to Kunming, China in support of China’s war against the Japanese invasion.

“Their heroic stories show the solidarity and compatriot connection between the Chinese at home and abroad. They made remarkable contributions to the victory of the Chinese people’s war against Japanese aggression and the world anti-fascist war.” expressed Fu Jijun, Chinese Consul-General in Kuching,

Fu also offered his tribute and gratitude to the volunteers and their families as well as assuring them that the Chinese government would never forget their sacrifice.

The WWII Memorial for Sarawak Volunteer Mechanics and Drivers was built last year with the assistance from the Board of Management of Zu Tze Temple and the Association of Sarawak Chinese Academic Research.

Photo credit: Dr. Julitta Lim, President of the Association of Sarawak Chinese Academic Research
Photo credit: Dr. Julitta Lim, President of the Association of Sarawak Chinese Academic Research

Meritin Hotel, Kuching

The Meritin Hotel, Kuching is open for business enjoying  location at  the epicentre of Padungan Street, one of Kuching’s oldest ‘food hubs’ naturally  surrounded by local merchants and food shops, hawker stalls and cafes.

Just a short walking distance from Kuching Waterfront and other cultural and historical attractions, Meritin also offers the “bonus” of being surrounded on all fronts with Kuching’s chill nightlife..

The Meritin has 40 rooms and the Haza Café located on the ground floor of the hotel is the perfect place for business and social gathers, with a menu to die for.

For updates on room rates, please log on at https://www.facebook.com/meritinhotelkuching/ or contact their front desk at 6082-550 800.

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Images retrieved from Meritin Hotel’s official Facebook page.
Images retrieved from Meritin Hotel’s official Facebook page.

Iftitah Restaurant & Resort, Belawai

Located at Belawai Beach in the Mukah Division, just two and a half hours from Sarikei, Iftitah Restaurant and Resort is now open offering  seaside getaway chalets, cottages, and good food.

Located near to the Tanjung Manis Airport at the  Sarawak Halal Hub center, the resort  offers standard rooms in a ‘kampung’ setting  with quaint chalets connected in a longhouse style living quarters  with  showstopers to include their unique triangular chalets that faces the ocean.

Equiped with a boardroom or banquet hall for 30 people, as well as beachside barbeque and picnic areas, the Iftitah Restaurant & Resort is a prime location for a family getaway or a team building excursion.

For more information on the rooms and rates, visit http://iftitahrnr.blogspot.my and for frequent updates visit their facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/783669301682024/ or contact Mr. Ibnee Bin Ekni directly at 013-839-0202.

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Photographs of the accommodations and facilities at Iftitah Restaurant & Resort. Retrieved from Iftitah Restaurant & Resort’s Blogspot and Facebook page.
Photographs of the accommodations and facilities at Iftitah Restaurant & Resort. Retrieved from Iftitah Restaurant & Resort’s Blogspot and Facebook page.

Sarawak Film Industry sets to grow

In light of the recent ASEAN International Film Festival & Awards 2017 (AIFFA2017), Sarawak Tourism Board has begun looking into promoting Sarawak through the film industry.

The Board’s Acting Chief Executive Officer, Mary Wan Mering expressed Sarawak Tourism’s desire in using entertainment in marketing to travellers, in addition to the Board’s traditional marketing strategies.

Earlier this year, the Board set up a Filming Support Unit to aid international film production houses in getting permits, ground support and location scouting.

With Chinese film Blue Tears airing in China later this month, as well as previous cooking shows such as Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservation and Australian cooking show Out Of The Blue, Sarawak plans on expanding its presence in television and film in the near future.

(Information reference: http://www.ttgasia.com/article.php?article_id=29343)

Image shows Out of the Blue, an Australian cooking show, filming in Sarawak.
Image shows Out of the Blue, an Australian cooking show, filming in Sarawak.

Coco Cabana Launch in Miri

The Coco Cabana, a small art gallery and museum with cafes and gift shop, at Marina Bay, Miri, located right next to the iconic Seahorse Lighthouse, is now open to the public from 9:30am to 10:30pm.

It features a serene seaside ambiance for visitors, with intricately carved wooden detailing on the main hall and an unforgettable view of the Miri coastline from all sides.

The location was officially launched on April 20 with an Asia Food Festival that included food stalls, a cosplay segment, children’s activities, paragliding and many more.

Miri’s paragliders have already made the beach area their new weekly ‘headquarters’, and can be seen in the evenings sailing across the sky.

Image shows a view of Coco Cabana from the water. Photo taken from Coco Cabana Facebook page.
Image shows a view of Coco Cabana from the water. Photo taken from Coco Cabana Facebook page.
Image shows Miri’s local paraglider, taking a picture of the Marina Bay seaside. Photo taken from Coco Cabana Facebook page.
Image shows Miri’s local paraglider, taking a picture of the Marina Bay seaside. Photo taken from Coco Cabana Facebook page.
Image shows children’s activities held in the intricately carved wooden event hall. Photo taken from Coco Cabana Facebook page.
Image shows children’s activities held in the intricately carved wooden event hall. Photo taken from Coco Cabana Facebook page.

Award-winning Rantau Kemiding’s Kampung-stay Concept

The 65-door award-winning longhouse and homesta, Rantau Kemiding, located in the Sibu division in central Sarawak will be expanding their guests’ itinerary to include a Kampung-Stay programme, making it the first of its kind in Sibu.

The difference between a homestay and a kampung stay is that the guests do their own cooking and conduct their own activities, but are free to join activities held within the longhouse as well.

The longhouse has already constructed a two-room chalet with air-conditioner and a few other facilities except a kitchen, which they plan on adding soon.

Last year alone, Rantau Kemiding received a total of 2,784 visitors, 109 of whom were foreign. The arrivals can be attributed to the attractive kampung lifestyle as well as the annual Rantau Kemiding Festival. Though most of the arrivals are day-trippers to the annual Rantau Kemiding Festival, the homestay owners hope to increase the number of overnight visitors through this kampung-stay.

The Rantau Kemiding Homestay is one of the five in Malaysia given the Asean Homestay Standard awards during the award presentation in Singapore this January, along with many other awards such as winning the ‘1 District, 1 Industry’ in Homestay Category in 2016, the Outstanding Hotel and Accommodation Provider (Homestay) Category in Sarawak Hornbill Tourism Awards in 2015 as well as the the Anugerah Desa Cemerlang for People’s innovation and Participation Category on both state and national level in 2006.

For more information on the Rantau Kemiding Homestay and Kampung-stay, visit http://rantaukemiding.blogspot.my/ or contact the ‘Tuai kampung’, Benjamin Angki at [email protected]

Image shows welcome sign and entrance to Rantau Kemiding longhouse. Photo credit: Rantau Kemiding blogspot.
Image shows welcome sign and entrance to Rantau Kemiding longhouse. Photo credit: Rantau Kemiding blogspot.
Image shows a jungle trek path near Rantau Kemiding longhouse. Photo Credit: Rantau Kemiding blogspot.
Image shows a jungle trek path near Rantau Kemiding longhouse. Photo Credit: Rantau Kemiding blogspot.

Four International Conferences planned in April throughout Sarawak

Four international conferences will be held   throughout the state in April catering to a diverse array of professional fields.

Hosted for the academia and specialized industries, these conferences have received encouraging response.

The International Conference on Teaching and Learning Languages (ICTLL 2017) for academia and educators will take place on April 3-4 in Kuching, and the International Conference on Sustainable Soil Management (ICSSM 2017) in the agriculture and development industry will be hosted on April 4-7 in Bintulu.

In Sibu, the Orthopaedic Conference: AO Trauma Combined Basic Principles of Fracture Management for Surgeons and Operating Room Personnel is schedule on April 8-10 while the International Conference on Materials Technology and Energy (ICMTE 2017) takes place in Miri on April 20-21.

While these conferences further develop the understanding and strength of local professionals in their respective fields, it also contribute greatly to the local business events industry, creating awareness of Sarawak’s presence as a destination for international conferences.

Image shows conference at Borneo Convention Centre Kuching or BCCK. Photo Credit: Malaysia Asia
Image shows conference at Borneo Convention Centre Kuching or BCCK. Photo Credit: Malaysia Asia

 

Kuching Heritage Trail

The Kuching Heritage Trail, showcasing the State’s historical and cultural legacy of beautiful Chinese and Malay architecture and colonial buildings from the Brookes’ era, is a testimonial to Kuching’s rich heritage dating back to the 19th century.

At the oldest temples in Kuching along the waterfront, travellers can learn a little about the religion of the first Chinese settlers in the city whose religious beliefs are still practised to this day.

Here, history continues in the daily lives of the shop-owners, descended from the original tin craftsmen and traditional medicine vendors, and who continue to market their wares as they had generations ago.

The Museum caps the trail, with galleries displaying art and lifestyles of the local tribes, including life-sized replicas of traditional houses so travellers can truly experience what it felt like to live in the ‘olden days’ of Sarawak.

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Image shows a Chinese Temple in Kuching. Photo Credit: Füzzy Mijmark