Monday, July 27, 2015

Sarawak River, Kuching Waterfront

The Sarawak River divides Kuching and is a focal point in this city. My wife and I when we were newly-weds, went on the Sarawak River Cruise.

Sarawak River Cruise
The cruise around the Sarawak River lasted 90 minutes and blended day with night.

The Waterfront area is now an extremely popular hangout place in Kuching where one can take a stroll, eat, or find entertainment.

Panoramic view of the Sarawak River, downtown Kuching

The DUN, a Sarawak State Legislative building, now dominates the skyline at the Kuching Waterfront, along with the famous Hilton Hotel which can be seen on the far right in the picture above.

The DUN sits on the banks of the Sarawak River, Kuching

Hanging out at Kuching Waterfront

And perhaps the biggest attraction is the long line of souvenir shops right opposite the Sarawak River which are a big draw to foreign tourists. I have been frequenting these shops since 2003 and there is so much great Sarawak stuff there. Here's a video of the souvenir shops I shot this year:

If you need to get across to the other side of the river, there is a sampan service. It costs a cheap RM2 per person for a few minutes ride to the other side. Take a look at this sampan ride in the video below:

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Kuching Trip, June 2015

Our annual Kuching trip to see family was another great experience for us, particularly as we had new nieces, nephews and cousins to see this time around. Although it was too short (just 5 days) we made the most of it and had a very enjoyable time. All of our flights went smoothly and were very pleasant, though the flight back to KL did seem rather tiring despite it being under 2 hours.

Here's the video of our take-off from KLIA2:

Lauren with her cousin, Ethan
With my beautiful niece, Bintang

Lauren joins her cousin, Noah, and his mummy for a picture

The weather in Kuching was so hot, a different kind of heat to Kuantan, and each journey out the house was tiring. My wife and Urai took Lauren on a small boat ride across the river to buy some kek lapis (layer cake) on our 2nd day. I rested at home as it was just way too hot.

I did sleep well though at night in the living room. We congregated the sofa and sofa bed to make one large 'mattress' and had a good sleep there.

Kuching Waterfront

Leah celebrated her birthday with a Frozen birthday cake

Party games

Party games

Urai and Anna cracking up!

The ladies

Family photo

A stunning ice-cream waffle!

Pushing the limits of my aging body!

We also had a great one night stay at Citadines ApartHotel together as a family. Took lots of photos and tried these gorgeous ice-cream waffles at a restaurant downstairs.

The Spring shopping mall, Kuching

Going swimming

Kuching at night

And here's a short video of our safe landing back at KLIA:


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