Bau The Little Town

29 Jan

Bau is a small town in Sarawak located about 30 km from Kuching..

the peoples here are mostly Bidayuh, Iban and Chinese Hakka..

it was once famous for being a gold mining town..

there are numerous of grocery shops, boutiques and restaurants in the town..

a small temple in the town..

the hawker centre..

the town is also famous with the Chinese style mixed curry rice..

this is the blue lake..

which was once the gold mining area..

the lake view..

it is now one of the attractions in Bau..

i like the reflection of clouds on the lake..  🙂

a butterfly.. resting nearby the lake..

Bau is also popular for its two beautiful limestone caves.. the Fairy Cave and the Wind Cave.. about 6 km away from the centre of Bau..

Fairy Cave is also known as Gua Pari-Pari in Malay language..

there is a four storey concrete staircase to reach the cave entrance..

there is an old steep and narrow staircase nearby.. it was previously used to enter the cave before the concrete staircase was built..

this is the cave entrance.. after the entrance just follow the footpath and going up some steep steps, which will lead into a huge cave..

ya, it is a huge cave.. just look at the size of the visitors in the picture above..

there are multiple stalactites and stalagmites..

some of the stones are mimicking statues..

the natural stone statue..

a stalactite with a drop of water on the tip..

there is an opening in the cave which allows the natural light shining through..

there are concrete footpath and steps that lead to the opening..

the cave opening..

the cave is conveniently accessible by stairs and footpath..

there are mosses and plants inside the cave..

on the walls..

as well as on the floor..

not far away from the Fairy Cave is the Wind Cave.. known as Gua Angin in Malay language..

this is the waiting area..

the cave entrance..

one can feel the breezing and refreshing air when first stepping into the cave..

the view before stepping into the entrance..

inside the cave it is very dark and a torch light is needed..

there is a wooden footpath about 1 km long which runs throughout the length of the cave..

the flowstones.. composed of sheetlike deposits of calcite or other carbonate minerals, formed where water flows down the walls or along the floors of a cave..

cave pinnacle.. formed when the upper part of the limestone is constantly dissolved by acidic water..

stalactite.. begins with a single mineral-laden drop of water.. when the drop falls, it leaves behind the thinnest ring of calcite.. each subsequent drop that forms and falls deposits another calcite ring.. an average growth for stalactite is 0.13 mm a year..

a swiftlet.. and the nest, which is mainly made of glutinous saliva..

the bat..

haha.. batman is not alone.. :p

bell-hole.. it is believed to be the markings of bats that cling onto the same position on the limestone in which they emit their respiration and urine causing the limestone to develop the hole..

mud bank and gravel.. as water seeps into the underground stream, it brings with it mud and gravel which remains on the surface after the water dries off..

there is a small stream meanders through the cave and joins the Sungai Sarawak Kanan.. which is one of the two major tributaries of the Sarawak River..

there are roots coming from the roof of the cave..

actually these roots are from the trees outside the cave.. the roots penetrate the cave to get water..

some of the roots are hanging half way..

and some have reached the floor of the cave.. the spirit of survival..!!

this is the opening of the cave in the other side..

which lead to the surrounding forest..

the wooden footpath..

the beauty of mother nature..

bamboo trees..

the Wind Cave has been gazetted as a nature reserve to protect the cave and its inhabitants, as well as to conserve a number or rare species in the surrounding limestone forest..

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 with the theme of cat.. 🙂

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, the Allamanda and Canna Lily, which is 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 come 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 into 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 centre 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 don’t miss the Cat Museum when you are here in Kuching, especially for cat lovers.. 🙂

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