So we are back home in Kuantan after more than a week in Kuching, on the island of Borneo.
I first set foot on Borneo in 2003 when doing a volunteer working contract. Kuching was different to Peninsular Malaysia and I fell in love with the place. I also met my wife's family before I fell in love with her at first sight!
I've been back to Kuching a number of times since the first visit. As of 2012, Kuching has changed a lot. There is improved infrastructure, buildings, shopping malls and hotels, along with KL-like traffic jams at times!
Lauren was so scared of almost everybody in Kuching, from grandparents to uncles to cousins. It made it a very difficult and stressful trip. Thankfully she absolutely loves her aunties!
Here are some photos of the people of Kuching, who made our trip interesting, fun and wholesome...
My wife and her sisters
To the left is my wife's grandma
Leah looked at the camera!
My wife's grandfather is 92 years old and asked me to try on his Iban waistcoat. I later wore it to my sister-in-law's engagement party.
My wife and her 4 sisters, their cousin Jenny on the far right; Aser (in the white shirt near the middle) is Florianna's fiance from Egypt; far left is Aser's friend Khaliel (unsure of exact spelling). Lauren was crying because she was scared of the Egyptians, Leah was just fine!
In KL preparing for our drive to the airport
At the airport waiting for our plane to Kuching
Eating the ever-gorgeous Kolo Mee at Hui Sing, Kuching
Two of my sisters-in-law, Anai and Urai, posing nicely at Lim Hock Ann Seafood restaurant in Buntal, Kuching, near Damai beach
Posing for a photo at The Hills mall, Kuching
Lauren and her aunty Urai buying some refreshments from a roadside stall in Kuching
It's good to be back home in Kuantan after the travelling. We all need a rest after a difficult time with the children. However, I miss Kuching, the sunset over the mountains, but most of all, I miss being with family. I'm not the kind of guy that enjoys being around other people for too long, but the people we were with in Kuching, made the trip memorable.
Thanks to all those who helped us with accommodation and getting around!