May 8, 2012

Kuching, Sarawak Family Trip - Day 2.

Can't resist the beach at Damai Beach Resort.

 Serenity surrounds it, I feel so calm watching the waves as it comes in and go. There are 4, some says 5     (I don't know the actual source), things that when you look at it you would be rewarded. Just by looking at it. 1st, when you look at the Quran with love and effection, 2nd when you look at your mum and dads face lovingly and 3rd , when you look at the Ka√°ba and lastly at the sea. Give praise to Allah for its magnificent beauty and wonder. As easy as that, so proud to be Muslim.

As the waves beat a rock, magnificent.

View from one the three rooms.

We checked out of the hotel after that very short stay. We planned to come back here and stay longer , InshaAllah. We were then taken just around the corner to a Cultural Village, which  is where the Rainforest World Music Festival and Harvest Festival held yearly.

Sarawak is a state in East Malaysia on the Borneo Island. It is neighbour to Sabah ( another Malaysian state), Brunei and Kalimantan, Indonesia. See location here, Malaysia. Sarawak, also known as Land of Hornbills.

Read more about Sarawak history, population, vast ethnic, religious belief and other information.
The Ibans comprises the largest percentage of Sarawak population followed by Chinese, Malay and other ethnics, 40 sub-ethnics. Christianity is the main religion here followed by Islam, Buddhism and others. Due to it's vast area, its population are distributed all over Sarawak, most of them still living in remote areas. The government is progressively improving their standard of living.  This cultural village is a one stop culture journey all in one place. It takes only about 2 hours or less compared to travelling all over Sarawak to see the diverse way of living among the different ethnics.

A traditional bamboo bridge to cross rivers and swamps.

A traditional sugar cane machine to extract sugar cane juice....Mr.Adeni is showing us how it works. The sugar cane are on the right side of the picture forefront.

Traditionally, guest would be entertained with song and dance.

A long house.

A Penan house. This ethnic is still nomadic, hence the simplicity of their house. It is just a hut. Traditional Penan can be seen on the left of this picture. Most of them has don the modern costume now.

My daughter trying out the Blowpipe. This is a traditional weapon sort of like archery used for hunting. The arrows are normally laced with poison for instant death.

Traditional Sarawak snacks are prepared fresh in the different ethnicity houses and can be bought and enjoyed through out the walk...yummmm.

Different ethnic dances are performed in this theatre. My camera was not good enough to take pictures from far and in dark situations. Must get new ones!

Kids and daddy trying out the bamboo dance. Careful dear.

Tebaloi, a traditional Sarawak snacks, prepared traditionally here. The snacks are made from sago flour, coconut and sugar...They are commercially sold in packages.

In the traditional Malay House, in front of  a Malay Wedding dais.

We were then taken to our city hotel and spent the rest of the day there.