Friday, May 29, 2009

sarawak act I: meow meow museum

DAY ONE - 12th MAY 2009

I leave KL for Kuching – home of bloggers Kenny Sia and Jian Akiraceo, as well hometowns to my coursemates – Janice, Stephanie, Lie Jin.

Early morning, the 6 of us, including my coursemate Mei Chieng took taxis to LCCT. Mei Chieng was taking a later flight to Sibu so we bade goodbye to her at the airport.

And I don’t know why, it is a first for me…we got so distracted eating breakfast at McD’s that we were late to board our plane. Suzane told me she heard the speakers calling out our names. So of course, I ran as fast as possible. When I reached the plane at the terminal, they started pulling away the stairs leading to the back entrance. Because I was the only one without any hand luggage, I boarded the plane first and saw many UKM students in the front rows. Lol. At one glance, I saw the Forensic and Optometry 2nd-years.

As luck would have it, I had to sit between 2 middle-aged men due to the new rule disallowing free seating among passengers. It was really boring, stuck there for one and a half hours. I wanted to sleep but wasn’t sleepy. Damn, must be that McD’s coffee. So I read every single article in the Air Asia magazine – Threesixty, yes, even the advertisements! Very wuliao right? That was how bored I was.

But one of the men sitting next to me did chat a little with me, asking me my purpose of visiting Kuching, etc. I don’t really remember the conversation anymore, it was basically to kill time.

As we landed in Kuching airport, we saw more UKM students. Haha. First we saw Sim Siew Ling and Hui Ling from Optometry and then outside, we saw Owen Lim from Biomed.


This is myself, BB and Suz’s first time to Kuching so that will explain our enthusiasm in taking pics more than Mei Chen and Ngiik Ling.

So we waited for Lelia, Suz’s little buddy, Biomed 1st year, to come and pick us up. Her mom was really nice to come although it was her lunch hour.

The thing is, Suz told me that Lelia will arrange for our accommodation in Kuching but Suz did not really know where. I guess we all assumed maybe we will be staying at Lelia’s house. But when we reached Somerset Gateway Kuching (next to Segi College), we all start to realize we are NOT staying at Lelia’s house.

I was dumbfounded when I walked through the apartment Lelia got for us. It was really like a hotel room. Despite my excitement, I was worried I won’t have enough money to cover the apartment expenses for 3 nights! Even Suz also felt the same way, telling me that her accommodation budget is only RM200! Hahaha.

But as it turns out, we got to stay there for FREE! Because it belongs to Lelia’s cousin or someone in her family. Yay!

DAY 1 (KUCHING)1 A glimpse of the master bedroom that my roommates and I sleep in, NL and MC’s bedroom, tall closets, bathroom, kitchen, dining room and living room! Best part is, got washing machine! And dryer! So I did not have to worry about lack of clothes!

#1: Cat Museum

12 The first tourist spot we went to is Cat Museum, which is inside Kuching North City Hall. I heard about this place from one of Kenny Sia’s blog posts.

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Outside the city hall is a garden – snapshot of BB, myself, NL, Suz and MC =)


At the gargantuan cat’s mouth entrance.


The Kuching Cat Museum. In Malay, it is Muzium Kucing Kuching. Hahaha. I totally made that up.


To enter, you must first transformed yourself into cats. Hahaha. We looked ridiculous here.

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Snapshots of the 3 roommates with various exhibitions. Psst…don’t Suz looked just like the cat behind her?

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Lots and lots of displays on the wall. Who knew cats are so popular all around the world?


Group photo of the travellers, taken by our tour guide Lelia.


One of my favourite quotes that I saw - “Faith isn’t faith until it’s all you’re holding on to”. The pic is not clear due to my camera’s flash.

12Beng Beng hidden among the cats.

13The colourful displays on the wall took my attention.


I like this sculpture, but no, BB and I are not a couple. LOL.

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Revisiting my inner child: Big fat lazy GARFIELD and adorable mouth-less HELLO KITTY.


So obvious their pose is fake right? Esp Suz. 18Last pic with the cats before we leave.


More photos taken: *Click to enlarge*

to be continued…

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