Day Before The Trip (28/12/2006, Thursday) - Bought the ticket to Kuching and paid RM292. Since there is nothing much to do in the office, I got to clear my overtime leave earlier than expected (actually thought that I have to delay till 2007 to clear it). Cherished and spent the final afternoon and night with the Tings cousins. Not forgetting that we also went to welcome Lynthia who just came back from the Land of The Rising Sun, Japan. Mum and Dad actually came to Miri that night so that i can bring some stuff over to Aunt MeiYan. I only started packing my stuff at night and I wasnt sure of how much stuff should I bring for a 6-day trip. Really nervous and worried le. Adui~! I seldom travel, k? I get nervous easily, k? My parents thought that I dun want to help to carry the stuff to Aunt MeiYan pula. misunderstanding le...i really honestly think that I have overpacked le~~ Also did last minute laundry so that I can bring my good clothes to Kuching. Otherwise, i will be wearing not-so-comfy clothes.
The Start of the Trip (29/12/2006, Friday) - Mum and Dad were pissed off at me for the overpacking problem but later we sort of forget about it over breakfast. Phew~! I dont want to go to Kuching with the knowledge that my parents are mad at me le. I removed a few clothings from my suitcase at Lynns' place and finally feel much better about my overpacking problem. Bid farewell to Tings before leaving for the airport to catch the Airasia flight to Kuching. Thanks to Fiona for the ride. Aunt MeiYan was there at the airport waiting for me when I arrived at Kuching so it saved me the trouble to find her to give her the stuff and as usual, another package was given to me to give to Mum. Laura's parents were there as well and we (Laura, her parents and I) went to have lunch at Yew Fook or Hang Fook Cafe (I cant confirm the name anymore...). I didnt want to trouble Aunt MeiYan and instead trouble Laura's relatives because I dont want to have to go thru the trouble of meeting up when the rest of the people arrive in Kuching, knowing that Aunt MeiYan's knowledge of places in Kuching is quite limited and more to chinese names. Anyways, after lunch, we went to Aunt Doris's house where we proceeded to devour lots durians and rambutans. After a short rest, we (Laura, her cousin - SioBee(?), and I) went to another cousin's house to pick up a cousin - AhWan(?) and then to McD to pick up AhWan's sister - AhTeng(?) and her friend. We went to shop at Sarawak Plaza and Tun Jugah. Lea Centre had 50% sale on its Nike products and I bought a short pants for Jinnwei which I am thinking not to give him anymore (Hehe) which costs RM 42.50 after discount. At Tun Jugah, I bought a pale pink shawl which costs RM21 after a 70% discount and two earrings which costs RM4 each. We had dinner at See Good Restaurant... I was the only stranger among Laura's relatives. Paise~ So paise~ After the dinner, we wanted to go for a walk at Waterfront but it was interrupted by the rain so we went home instead. After playing cards and more durians and rambutans, the day finally ended.
Second Day of the Trip (30/12/2006, Saturday) - Woken up by Aunt Hilda at 8 something am to go have breakfast. We had the kolo green noodles at someplace in Kuching. After breakfast, five of us (Laura, her parents, her cousin - SioBee, and I) went for sightseeing. We went to Damai Lagoon Resort, Damai Resort and Santubong Resort. After that, we went to eat Fried Butter Crabs at Lee Hock Ann Seafood Restaurant for lunch. Then, to the industrial area and then I fell asleep so I have no idea where. Hehe... Basically we had a 5-hour sightseeing before returning home to have more durians and rambutans. After some rest, Laura, SioBee and I went to Sarawak Plaza again. I purchased a Nike basketball pants for Jinnwei which costs RM44.50 after discount. We went home to get our stuff and went to Merdeka Palace to meet up with the guys. We went to Junk Restaurant to have dinner. The surroundings of the restaurant is too dark and the air ventilation system is not that good at our big table. I ordered Lamb Shank and Triple Sour Drink under the recommendation of Christopher and enjoyed it very much despite knowing that there are celery in the tasty sauce.
Verdict for Junk Restaurant: Food is great. Drink is great. Deco is great. Just give more light, please!
Money spent on food & drink: RM30, I think...
After our dinner, we went to Oregano to have a drink. We only sat for a while before retreating to our suite for the night. Laura and I had the smaller room while the guys (Kelvin, Kueh and ChienChin(?)) had the bigger room.
Merdeka Palace Hotel, our apartment suite - There are two rooms. One is a bigger room with a double bed, a television, attached bathroom with bathtub and all the usual furniture. Room 2 is a smaller room with also a double bed, attached bathroom with shower room and usual furniture. There is another toilet in the common area which is strictly not for showering purpose. There is a kitchen where no cooking can be done unless you have the cutleries and cooking materials. Then finally a dining area and a living room. We stayed at Room 1001, by the way.
Third Day of the Trip (31/12/2006, Sunday) - We went out to Thompson Corner to have our breakfast and then proceeded to Sarawak Plaza, Tun Jugah and Parkson to do some shopping. I bought another shawl, which is a more pink one and costs RM24. After shopping, we went to Sunny Hill to have Sunny Hill ice cream and then went to hunt for the place to buy Sau Pau and BeePang. We went back to our suite apartment to rest and made reservation for the Sau Paus we wanted to bring back. Alvin and Christopher came over and we finally decided to have new Year Eve's dinner at Casa Davide. I ordered the New Year Eve's set which consists of a asparagus cream soup, a chargrilled beef steak in red wine sauce with veggie and potatoes cubes, and grapes crepe with ice cream plus one cup of coffee.
Verdict for Casa Davide: Asparagus soup is somewhat runny. The beef steak is a bit chewy. The red wine sauce is great, i like it. The veggie is capsicums and fortunately I like it too...The coffee is a little weird. Overall, this meal is just an ok ok nia.
Money spent on food & drink: RM50, I think...
After the dinner, we wanted to go to Link but we didnt went up 'cause the entrance fee is RM65 which is too expensive. So, we went to Soho instead. Luckily we went there a little earlier 'cause there wasnt any other table anymore after that. Most of the tables had been reserved. As the night went on, more and more people arrived and it got more and more crowded. I met ThingSoon who was there with his cousins. After the countdown, we went back to our apartment. After shower, Christopher brought his colleagues to continue partying. I was too exhausted to join in so I went to sleep. Actually also felt paise to join in....
Fourth Day of the Trip (01.01.2007, Monday) - Had a dimsum breakfast at Siaw Pa Wang. After breakfast, we went back to the suite apartment to relax. At 3 pm, we went to Hartz Chicken to have an all-you-can-eat meal. I have no idea why but i was having my one-side headache again and felt very unwell. Somehow, i managed to eat three pieces of chicken. Din feel like eating anymore after that. After that, we went to Kenyalang to window shop. My headache was not getting any better so I only look around at the stuff. After a short rest at our suite apartment, we went to Aunt Vero's house (Laura's aunt) where we were treated with lots of food. New Year celebration. The whole big family was there. After we ate and a bit of interviewing, the aunties shooed us out so that we dont feel obliged to stay till late and can do what we want to. As we still havent have any plan, we sent Alvin back home and went back to the suite apartment to relax. Then, we went out to a shop selling taiwanese dessert called Grapeberry Cafe or Dong Guan Xi Guan in chinese. I ordered a mango and sago dessert which was nice but I was too ill to enjoy it. I felt a little better when I was back in the apartment watching television.
Fifth Day of the Trip (02.01.2007, Tuesday) - I actually woke up earlier but still suffer of the headache so I went back to sleep a little longer.When I woke up, the three guys and Laura went out to get the Sau Paus and have breakfast so I went to explore the hotel grounds. Actually it was more like have a look at the swimming pool, hotel cafe and hotel restaurant. After the guys left Kuching, Laura's four cousins came to the suite apartment to bring us around and also to check out of the apartment. We first went to Wai Po to eat Bak Kut Teh and then to Aunt Vero's house where we played cards and then took a nap. A short nap became a long two hour nap and after the nap, we went out to have Sweet Fried Cha Kueh and Belacan Bihun. At night, we had
Pork Satay at aunt Doris's place and then went out to have a walk at Waterfront. Back at Aunt Doris's place, we had some more durians before going to sleep.
The guys actually had two flat tyres near Bekenu due to hole in the road. Fortunately it wasnt too far from Miri so help was sent to them.
Final Day of the Trip (03.01.2006, Wednesday) - Woke up early and had Kueh Chap before going to the airport. Reluctant to go back to Miri. But it was time to go back to reality. The flight was delayed for about half an hour and we arrived at Miri at about 11am.
This trip is a food trip because really seems to eat non-stop. However, i didnt gain any extra kilo. Hehe...Now I am suffering of slight headache and a little coughing which may get worse if i dont eat anything to cure it.