Sunday, June 24, 2018

We got company

1-month long school holiday has come to an end. Time really flies when we have a good and relaxing time.

We didn't go out much over the school holiday. No flying anywhere or go some place far. However we didn't want the kids to feel bored over the long holiday so we did planned some day outing over the weekends like this, Gawai visiting and Kampung visit.

And then, we had company at our humble home during the Hari Raya weekend. Hubby's male friend came over for a short 2 nights visit with his girlfriend.

They flew in from KL on the first day of Hari Raya. It was nice meeting and catching up with them again since our Phuket holiday 6 months ago.

Once they landed at the airport, we drove them to Pyramid Dream Food Court for Bishopgate mixed pork soup and vinegar noodle. They loved the sour vinegar taste in the noodle and singing praise of the clear mixed pork soup.

We left at 12 noon and started our journey to Borneo Highlands.  This was our 3rd time driving along Padawan road this month. First was on Gawai day and second  was a week later.

Our first stop was the good vibe waterfall. We didn't stay long or go into the water as rain started to drop.

We continued our drive to the highlands resort.

Unlike our first visit to the resort few years back, we wouldn't be able to drive freely around. Now they have assigned drivers to bring and guide you around. There is a fee charge for that on top of the entrance fee. Fortunately we bumped into a friend who is currently doing a construction work there and he was so kind to bring us around the resort.

Our first stop was the Kalimantan view point.

The white marking of the border between Sarawak and West Kalimantan. No reception there but handphones could detect our neighbouring country's Telco and roaming.

This was the only place where you wouldn't need a passport to cross the border! One second I was in Malaysia and next second I was on Indonesia soil!

Stepping stone between two countries!

The view on Borneo Highlands was as spectacular as before especially after the rain.

After thanking our dear friend for the tour, we departed back to Kuching centre where we brought our friends to visit the prominent cat statues.

The white cat in Padungan and the cat family in golden triangle.

After that, we went for an early dinner since everyone was famished by then. It was around 5.30pm when we reached our dinner venue. More to come in my next post.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Dining in the container

On our wedding anniversary, we had a celebration dinner in The Container Cafe. Located at Jln Simpang Tiga (not far from The Spring mall), this was our first visit to The Container.

Picture credit from here

It is the first and only container cafe (up to date) in Kuching and has been in business for more than a year.

It was a nice, cooling evening when we were there as the rain had stopped. We opted to be seated outside on the upper verandah.

Our verandah was facing the car park rather than the main road; away from the noisy traffic. I liked the quiet and breezy ambience at the veranda.

Love the bar and alcoholic beverage collection of this fusion cafe.

Our evening started off with the grilled lamb chop (RM28.80). We requested for medium rare and it was perfectly prepared. The portion was just nice and we enjoyed the lamb chop with the black pepper sauce.

Fish & Chips (RM23.80) was nice too. They deep fried the battered dory which was fine for us.

Next was their signature salted kampung chicken (RM23.80), half portion.

It wrapped in baking sheet and I was given a disposable glove to deal with it. The salted chicken with oriental herbs was delicious; something we rarely eat.

Last to arrive on our table was the crispy seafood carbonara (RM36.80). Something different from the classic carbonara in the sense that they used the local noodle here. A fusion of crispy deep-fried noodle topped with cream sauce and Parmesan. It was alright but we still prefer spaghetti or linguine in our carbonara.

Overall it was a lovely and delightful first dining experience in The Container Cafe.  Hope to come here to try its other Western specialty.

And a toast to our 14th anniversary.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Used to be

I went to Thompson Corner, Jalan Nanas for breakfast with my dad one morning.

It was a cold morning; hardly can felt any warm from the sun. So that morning, both of us wanted something warm for our tummies.

Dad went for the Claypot noodle. I used to love the claypot noodle here but each time, I would ended up burning my palate. Lol.

That morning, although it used to be my favourite dish, I didn't ordered that. I went for Foochow mee suah.

Love the mee suah as the soup was sourish from the wine. I did enjoyed my breakfast that morning with my dad.

And I bought home some yue tiaw for snack. The yue tiaw still taste the same.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Good enough

We went to 38 food street for brunch on a Wednesday. Just me and my 2 older kids. 

Before that, Jan and I were at my parent's house helping my mum with my young niece. My bro's wife gave birth to their 2nd daughter that morning. So, I were there for a while helping her with my niece and packed and brought food to the hospital.

After dropped the food and had a peep at my new niece, Jan and I went to pick Jay from his tuition. 

We dropped by the food court for brunch as Jay was hungry. It was around 1030am and the place was packed. As usual, Jay went for kolo mee while Jan and I had chicken rice from Authentic Chicken Rice stall.

My girl had roasted chicken rice.

Roasted chicken rice (RM5.80)

Where as I went for its steamed chicken.

Steamed chicken rice (RM5.80)

We also shared a small plate of stir-fried bean sprouts.

Bean sprout (RM4.00)

It has been a while since we had Authentic chicken rice.  The rice and chicken were good enough for our tastebuds but I loved the chilli dipping.

In the afternoon, I had one of these bak chang for tea break. My sil's mum made them and gave some to my parents.

I don't really celebrate the Dragon boat festival. I don't specifically hunt for bak chang during such time of the year, so I don't mind if I don't have them either. Knowing me, my mum gave me these 2 bak chang. But I liked these Hakka chang that mum gave me. Full of meats, ground nuts and taro; taste was just nice. Not overly salty and sweet. I steamed them for a while and they were good enough to go with a cup of tea. ^^

Hakka dumpling

Today is the celebration of Dragon Boat Festival so wishing everyone a Happy Duan Wu Jie!

Thanks to hubby's colleague for these bak chang that we are able to enjoy today.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Visit a village

Kampung Bidayuh Begu, a small village along Padawan road was our destination last Saturday evening. 

Actually it was hubby's company community service but we got to tag along. Everyone was to help in the village, cleaning and cooking. 

It was our first visit to this village which was on the same road to Borneo Highlands. Very long winded drive but we survived and after more than an hour drive, we reached the kampung around 3pm. The boys had a little dip in the cold stream before a heavy downpour hit us.

Heritage hall

We managed to reach the community hall without getting so wet. Unfortunately there was blackout in the village when we were there.
Community hall, currently temporary chapel

It was just over a week of Gawai festival so we were there to sponsor and support the village in preparing dinner and bring joy to the villagers.

Pigeon's hole to hold letters

The food and drinks were mostly prepared by the ladies of the villagers. Thanks to their hospitality, we were able to enjoy good, home-cooked dishes.



Curry chicken

Sweet chicken

Beef rendang

Mixed vegetables

Salted fishes

Rice wrapped in banana leaf

Wrapped Rice

Tepung pulut and lemang

The ladies were very friendly. We chatted and asked how they made the lemang and tepung pulut. Lemang is nothing unusual but not tepung pulut (starchy and sticky rice, something like Chinese nian gao). First time tasted this sweet delicacy. I even packed few home and learn to wrap in the leaf.

We thanked the villagers that were in the hall and departed around 530pm. Rain still poured over us so we didn't want to stay so late as it could be dark and dangerous driving along the winded and narrow hilly road. Most parts don't have road lights so we prefer to move before the sunset.

When we left, the electricity was still down and they started to light up some candles. Hope the villagers did enjoyed the food without much problem.

We would love to come back to the village, to explore more of its nature beauty. Cave, waterfall, mountain hike and blue spring are some of its attraction that not many know of.