My journey began with a flight to Sibu via Malaysia Airlines. It is now official, I have been to Sibu by all means of transport. The quick flight, about half an hour was like a dream. I was allocated seat 27C but since I always love sitting by the window, I moved to 27A. As I made my way to the seat, I met a very good friend of mine, Elaine! It was pure luck I got to meet her despite her hectic schedule as a stewardess. I wished we could have spent more time together, we haven’t seen each other for such a long time. Perhaps, that could be arranged someday.
Before any journey starts, here’s a compulsory jeans shot from me.
Goodbye KIA, see you again in a couple of days.
Kuching looked a bit hazy this morning…
My number 1 favorite airplane kacang.
Elaine at work
I waited for quite a while before I could steal Elaine away from her duties. Hehehe.
The moment the plane landed at the new Sibu airport, I had to rush to the baggage carousel and catch up with everybody else.
A friend of mine, Ms Azreen, was on the same flight! Lol. Funny how I only saw her in Sibu airport!
The new Sibu airport is not 100% ready but by the looks of it, sure is bigger and better compared with the old one.
We wasted no time in Sibu, after we retrieved our baggages, straight onto the chartered bus we went.
Our ride for the whole trip.
Sitting at the most front seat was a bad idea. The drivers here are ‘cowboys and daredevils’. Luckily the bus driver is very experienced.
First stop was lunch at the district office in Selangau. About an hour and twenty minutes drive from Sibu airport, Selangau is a very quiet town surrounded by lush greenery. We were greeted by the district officers and then was served really good lunch prepared by the local ladies.
It was from this lunch, everyone could guess I was on diet. I was probably known as the girl who ate little.
After lunch, we had a quick visit of the main area of Selangau. It is a very compact town, the general layout reminds me a lot of cowboy town.
Welcome to Selangau
The market area just by the river
The people of Selangau are very friendly, this cheerful mak cik sells a variety of local kuehs, among them penaram or the ufo kueh I call it, a favorite of mine.
Peaceful area to clear the mind before the journey continued…
A peaceful mind plus full tummy made the journey to Mukah a rather comfortable one. Mukah looks completely different from my memories. The first and last time I was in Mukah was in the mid 90′s.
Back then, Mukah was just about to wake up to development. Now, there is the iconic Menara Pehin Setia Raja in the center of the new Mukah town and all sorts of industry around it. Mukah is no longer a sleepy town. To be honest, I am quite impressed by the rapid development brought on by our government, specifically under SCORE (Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy).
Undeniably, it seemed obvious that Mukah, on whole, is still lacking in terms of man power, especially skilled workers. To resolve this, the state government has a few plans of developing the minds of the local by building more schools in the area and soon, HR Training centre, UiTM campus as well as UNIMAS R&D Centre. (I will discuss this matter in the next entry, stay tune). Hence, Mukah aims to be Sarawak’s Smart City by 2030.
Mukah is a division rich with cultural background. Despite all the hoo-has with the rapid growth of industrial sectors such as SCORE, Tanjung Manis Halal Hub, Press Metal just to name a few, the more traditional industries from tourism (Pesta Kaul, homestay etc) to manufacturing local goodies like kuih sepit, sago and tebaloi still going on strong.
Mukah’s tallest building… For now lah…
During the media briefing by the representatives from Mukah Resident Office.
Mukah as seen from the highest floor of Menara Pehin Seta Raja
Hilda with Aliey
With Hilda of the Jelly Beans Collector, photo credits: Aliey Eyezie
Our ride, Lanang Bus.
After such a long journey, I was very pleased to find out where our home would be for the next few days… Kingwood Hotel Mukah! It is the best hotel in Mukah and the location is very strategic, right in the middle of town!
My roommate for this trip is Aliey of NTGravityZone.
Candid of yours truly waiting to be checked in taken cheekily by Aliey, an expert in taking candid. (You will find out why soon…)
Again, another one. I look posh, Angelina Jolie-ish. (Perasan much)
Our room was located on the second floor and oh, it may not be as luxurious as the room I stayed in Marina Bays Sands Singapore but it attended to all my basic needs AND, the A/C is top-notch. Artic condition in less than five minutes, my kind of A/C.
My side of the room. Lol, hope I didn’t snore… Sorry Aliey if I did. Hehehe.
The bathroom, I absolutely love the hot shower. AWESOME POWER SHOWER, y’all!
While Aliey decided to shower power, I had a power nap. Oh God, the bed, perfect. Thank you Jabatan Penerangan Malaysia Sarawak for placing us at such nice hotel. I feel so pampered and loved. Hehehe. Thank you Sarawak Bloggers for choosing me! Thank you Kingwood Hotel Mukah for the lovely hospitality. Definitely will try the resort the next time I am in Mukah.
Dinner was interesting. We were brought to Selera Hujung Kampung at Kampung Kuala Hilir Oya, about half an hour drive from Mukah where we had a welcome dinner with the 1Malaysia Komuniti Kuala Oya and Pekan Dalat. Also present was YB. Dato’ Seri Muhammad Leo Toyad, MP of Mukah P. 213.
Dato’ Muhammad Leo Toyad is a very friendly MP. Humble and knows Mukah like the back of his hand. His best advice: Try the super fresh seafood. Thank you, Dato’!
Another candid taken by Aliey
Table buddies: Farhana from Utusan Malaysia, Caroline from Bernama and Hilda.
Yu Ji from the Star and Max from New Sarawak Tribune (Also a friend from my uni days at Unimas)
The food served at Selera Hujung Kampong is amazingly delicious. I enjoyed the midin belacan most, so freaking good.
Fresh umai! Even if I am partially Melanau, I don’t eat umai. *Gasp* I know, embarassing.
Ikan Asam Pedas: I am hopeless if you were to ask me to name the fish. It was fresh and good fish. End of story. Hehehe. Sorry y’all.
Grilled fish, smoky but juicy.
There was also karaoke sessions (Thank goodness they didn’t ask Sarawak Bloggers to send a representative, phew, if I were to sing, a storm would be nearby) and lucky draws! Thank you Rozalinda of RTM Sarawak for being the karaoke savior for the media delegates. Lol.
Her performance was entertaining and divalicious. (Photo credits: Aliey)
Unfortunately, my name was not lucky enough, so I didn’t win anything but…
They presented us with a souvenir bag filled with the local traditional kuehs! Oh, love, love, love!
Thank you, Aliey, for this photo!
Group photo taken by Wee Hui Zheng
The night could have gone longer if it was not for our tight schedule tomorrow. We left for Mukah around 1030pm and oh my, it was such a good feeling when my body felt the bed. Stay tune for the next entry, it will surely blow your mind!