Fantastic Kuching – The Museum of Meeooww..

24 Jul

the Cat Museum is located inside the building of Kuching North City Hall at Jalan Semariang, Petra Jaya..

Kuching is the capital city of Sarawak, and Kuching is known as the “City of Cat..

(cat = kucing in Malay language)..

this is an unique museum, probably the first and the only museum with the theme of cat in the world..  :)

the museum is housed at the ground floor of the city hall building, and covers an area of 1035 square metres..

found these 2 cats outside the building..  kucing betul ni..  :p

this Cat Museum is founded in 1993, and managed by the Kuching North City Hall..

the admission to the museum is free..  if you wish to take pictures, then RM 3 is charged for phone camera, RM 4 for digital camera and RM 5 for video camera..

this is the entrance to the museum..  the museum has over 4000 items of exhibits, including statues, sculptures, figurines, handicrafts, paintings, photos, and souvenirs related to cat..

a large cat statue at the lobby of the city hall, just before the entrance to the museum..

cats have nine lives?  there are few explanations for this..  in the Egyptian mythology, there was a group of nine deities, called the “Divine Ennead” or the “Nine..  the “Divine Ennead” would transform into the shape of cat before entering the underworld..  thus cats were regarded as the sacred animal in Egypt in the past..

one of the large cat statutes inside the museum..

this is “ALCA, the mascot of Kuching Festival..  the name of “ALCA” is derived from the first two letters of two flowers, “Allamanda” and “Canna Lily, the official flower of Kuching North City Hall and Kuching South City Council respectively..

cat sculptures..

cat figurines..

cat figurine..

cat figurine..

the cat couple sculptures..

the picture shows what a real “catwalk” is..  :p

the “boring” look..

the “curious” look..

the “sleeping” look..

the “standby for food” look..

the “mouse catching” look..

the coconut handicraft..

the “Black Cat” cigarettes..  i have never came across this brand yet..  :p

the “tattoo” cat..?

the “eye-blinking” look..

the pinky cats..

the “maneki-neko..  also known as the fortune cat..

the Qi Lin..

in Chinese culture, Qi Lin is a symbol of luck, good omens, protection, prosperity, success, and longevity..

the “happy” look..

the “maneki-neko, famous Japanese cat figurine which is believed to bring luck to the owner..

come, come, money come..

the “string playing” cat..

the “oooppss” look..

the shell crafts..

the cat with “lamp”..

moshi moshi..

in Sarawak traditional costumes..

the “hero” look..

smile.. and raise your hand and leg please..

cat figurines..

the happy family..

the “big lips” Garfield..

a large cat statue..

the furry cat (it’s a toy)..

cat figurine..

i need to tilt my head 90 degree to fix in the picture..

cat sculptures..

Kitty and her pet..

Garfield and his friends..

Doraemon..

we are from the cat family..

blue vs green..

in Japanese costumes..

the mugs..

the Chinese paintings..

the slippers..

the ceramic plates..

the ceramic plates and cat figurines..

the ceramic plates..

the Japanese arts..

the key chains..

the doc and his patient..

the “fishing” cat..  :p

a specimen of Bornean bay cat (kucing merah, Pardofelis badia)..

a specimen of flat-headed cat (kucing hutan, Prionailurus planiceps)..

there is a model of a native house outside the city hall building..

the view inside the model house..

a small garden outside the city hall building..

the view outside the city hall building..

the Kuching North City Hall is about 15 minutes drive from the heart of Kuching..

the building is situated on top of a hill, Bukit Siol, about 60 metres above the sea level..

the view outside the city hall building..

please do not miss the Cat Museum when you are here in Kuching, especially for cat lovers..  :)

Fantastic Kuching (Part 2) – The Natural Land..

29 Nov

the Bako National Park is situated about 37 km from Kuching city..  it is the oldest national park in Sarawak, and covering an area of 27.27 km² at the tip of the Muara Tebas peninsula..

from Kuching city, it takes about 45 – 60 minutes of driving to reach Bako Terminal (jetty) at Kampung Bako.. public transportation, such as bus and taxi, also available from Kuching city to this terminal..  it is at this terminal where one pays for the entrance fee to the national park as well as for the boat riding..

the boat ride takes about 20 – 30 minutes to Bako National Park..

the schedule and the speed of the boats can be affected by the tide..

the fishing village nearby the jetty..

boat riding is the only way to reach the national park, through the scenic Santubong River and the final part through the South China Sea..

the sandstone cliffs along the coast when about to reach the national park..

the boat heads to the Teluk Assam where the national park headquarter is located..

depends on the tide, the boat may not be able to come closer to the shore, so the visitors may need to walk in the water for a short distance to the beach..

beautiful rocks near to the shore where the boatman dropped us..

this is the Bako National Park headquarter (visitor centre)..  it is located about 0.4 km from the beach..  and the visitors need to register themselves here..  a cafeteria is available just next to this headquarter..

a bearded wild boar at the camping area..

another two bearded wild boars at the staff quarter, not far from the camping area..

there are a troop of long-tailed macaque monkeys as well..

playing around at the staff quarters..

“tolong bagi laluan..”  :p

fearless to visitors..

trees with thorns..

can you spot the lizard..??  :)

a purple flower..

wild mushrooms..

the tidal river nearby the mangrove forest during low tide..

a proboscis monkey at the mangrove forest..

it has a big nose with pot belly..

“ambik gambar aku kena bayar tau..”  :)

another species of monkey that can be seen in Bako National Park is the silver leaf monkey..  but we did not manage to spot them..

the plants at the mangrove forest..

some fruits from the plants..

the fiddler crab with a large claw at the swamp area..  (the major claw of a male fiddler crab is much larger than the minor claw, whereas the claws of the female fiddler crab are both the same size)..

little blue crabs..

mangrove trees during low tide..

the pencil-like roots (pneumatophores) that stick up out of the ground to take in oxygen from the air..  an unique feature of mangrove trees..

the park has 16 colour-coded jungle trails offering interesting walks which are different in distance and difficulty..  some trails have boardwalks and ladders installed for the convenience of the visitors..

our tour guide has leaded us through the Telok Paku trail..  this trail passes through cliff forest and requires some scrambling in parts..

although this trail is only 800 metres long, it is not an easy route as there are many roots and rocks to hop over..

the naturally formed rocks..

this trail ends at the secluded Telok Paku beach..

with the beautiful rocks..

from the beach here,we take another boat ride to view the nearby coastline..

the beaches here are bordered by limestone and sandstone cliffs..

coastal erosion has produced interesting sea stacks and rock formations..

multiple lines and colours seen on the rocks..  the yellowish colour is mainly due to iron deposition..

this looks like an eager head..

does it look like the Great Sphinx of Giza in Egypt?  :)

and this one looks like a frog..

the famous landmark of Bako National Park..  the sea stack with the shape of cobra head..

the Bako National Park is a nice place to view the wide variety of wildlife and vegetation found in the island of Borneo..  and a paradise that shouldn’t be missed by any natural lovers when come to Kuching..  :)

best time to visit: April – September (non-monsoon season)..

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