May 07, 2012
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Every year my birthday is an ‘event’, much to my husband’s chagrin and fear of an empty wallet. I don’t want diamonds or a 5-star luxury resort getaway (albeit I wouldn’t turn them down).  But I do love to celebrate my birth’month’ by experiencing new things and seeing new places.  Last year we went to Mulu – only a short half hour plane ride from home – and it was one of the best trips we’ve ever had!  This year we wanted to stay close to home again, but still explore places that we don’t see every day.  This year it was Kuching!

To be honest, I wasn’t expecting a lot.  Just another small town on the island of Borneo less than an hour by plane from our home.  Man, was I pleasantly surprised!  The first night we went walking down the long stretch of road lined by local shops and galleries.  Most of which sold Sarawakian carvings and other local crafts, which we also have in Miri, but the selection was so much better and there was so much more to choose from.  If I had the choice, I would have bought half the stores out and brought it all home!  Much to my husband’s great relief, I refrained.  What also caught my attention, were the gates of the shops that were closed.  I love gates and doors so I was thrilled to see the craftsmanship of the shop gates.


Another rarity in South East Asia is a thriving waterfront walkway with vendors and a great local ‘water hole’.  There were plenty of these!


My husband and I also went to the Semenggoh Orangatan and Wildlife Centre.  At first I figured it would be the appropriate thing to do while in Kuching without any real excitement inside me.  But once we got there, I was glad we went!  To see these amazing creatures in their own habitat and not behind bars or in cages is a pretty incredible thing to witness!

I really had a great time in Kuching!  What I was most surprised about was the various number of really great restaurants and delicious food!  Every night we discovered several new places and would even spread our dinner out between 2 or 3 of them…  I guess you could call us gluttons!  But it was well worth it!

Lastly, and certainly not least, our last day was spent hiking through Bako National Park.  To get to the park, you have to take a 20-minute boat ride to the entrance.  There are no roads leading there!  Once on the beach, we walked up and our guide introduced us to the surroundings, pointing out natural steel deposits in the rocks, pit vipers in the trees and monkeys hanging from branches.  We even saw wild boar lumbering down the paths in search of food.  They weren’t too wild really…

 

The scenery was breathtaking!  Once again, my husband made my birthday a pretty spectacular event!  The best part was being able to share this beautiful part of the world together.  Thanks baby!