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Reviews: Museums in Kuching, Sarawak

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1. Ethnology Museum

Address: Jalan Tun Abang Haji Openg, Taman Budaya, 93400 Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia

In my humble opinion, this is one of the best museum in Kuching. They have a mini cinema to show the beliefs of two major ethnics in Sarawak. The stories were really cool! They way they present information using few high-technology gadgets may increase your interest in knowing more. You should go and find it out. The interior design is modernized although the exterior looked historical.

Entrance Fee: None.

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2. Sarawak State Museum

Address: Jalan Tun Abang Haji Openg, Taman Budaya, 93400 Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia

Sarawak State Museum is the oldest museum in Borneo. The interior design remains classic and without any air-conditioner. Please be prepared to sweat few seconds after you enter until you leave the building. They had traditional house modals and Shell exhibition on petroleum industry in Sarawak. There are too many information you can get over here. Besides that, no one is allowed to take photos inside this museum (so we had few photos outside).

Comparing to Sabah State Museum, I prefer Sabah State Museum where I feel comfortable (not sweaty and sticky) and read all the information provided. At the same time, Sabah State Museum has clean washroom which is free of charge! Nevertheless, Sabah State Museum does collect entrance fee but Sarawak State Museum does not. Please do not hesitate to donate some money for the government to keep their museums tho. ❤

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3. Natural History Museum

Address: Jalan Tun Abang Haji Openg, Taman Budaya, 93400 Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia

There is nothing much over there. It looked big and you must be estimating that it was going to be a nice museum, but the truth is just opposite of what you can think of it. It is air conditioned but you barely get any new information over there.

Entrance Fee: None.

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4. Textile Museum

Address: 5, Jalan Tun Abang Haji Openg, 93000 Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia.

It’s located just opposite of the main post office in Kuching. The post office can be one of your favorite places to take photos. Sadly, my boyfriend does not like/know how to take nice photos, so I do not have any photo at that place! Back to the topic, the textile museum is a little creepy for me. They used too much of human modals to show traditional weaving, especially in a dimmer room.

Entrance Fee: None.

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5. The Cat Museum

Address: Bangunan DBKU, Bukit Siol, Jalan Semariang, Petra Jaya, 93050 Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia.

The place where you can buy souvenirs for your friends and family. If you love cats, you definitely will love this museum as they have plenty of collections and information about cat.

6. Fort Margherita and Brooke Gallery

Address: Petra Jaya, 93050 Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia.

It’s another amazing museum in Kuching! You can learn about the Brooke history in Sarawak and there are numerous locations, inside and outside the building, which can be great places to take pictures!

In short, enjoy reading the materials in every museum and take pictures as much as you can ’cause you may not want to visit Kuching again. Okay, maybe if you do, you might want to go back for food instead of visiting the museums again. Anyway, I had a great time staying in Kuching for four days three nights. I wish you all could have a pleasant visit to Kuching too!

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Food in Kuching (Part II.END)

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1. Old Courthouse

Address:  Jalan Tun Abang Haji Openg, 93000 Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia.

Drinks ordered: Pineapple juice and strawberry  with natural yogurt smoothies.

Total price: RM26.xx

Ratings (out of five ⭐️)

Tastiness: ⭐️⭐️

Value of money: ⭐️⭐️

Service: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Average Rating: 5.3/10

Review: It has a peaceful and quite environment however the price of food and beverage are slightly high. A number of tables is covered with blank paper and given a cup of crayons which allow customers to draw. You can stay in the cafe for the whole afternoon as the scorching sun is gonna give you sunburn. For photographers, Old Courthouse can be one of your favorite places to take photos. It was the administrative centre of Sarawak government back in 1870s.

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2. Song Kheng Hai Hawker Centre

Address: Jalan Song Kheng Hai, 93100 Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia

Food ordered: Belacan Bee Hoon, Laksa, Rojak Kang Kung, 光饼(kom-pyang) and sio bee

Drinks ordered: Coconut + sugar cane juice

Prices:

Prices for Belacan Bee Hoon, Laksa, Rojak Kang Kung depends on the size you ordered.

光饼(kom-pyang) and sio bee –RM1.00 each.

Coconut + sugar cane juice — RM3.00/RM3.50 (big)

Ratings (out of five ⭐️)

Tastiness: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Value of money: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Service: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Average Rating: 9.3/10

Review: Food is delicious! This is the place where you can find most of the popular food in Kuching. For your information, Song Kheng Hai Hawker Centre looked like a market. I definitely will come back here for food.

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3. Mira Cake House

Address: 43, Jalan Brooke, Kampung Gersik, 93050 Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia.

Range of price: RM10-RM25

Ratings (out of five ⭐️)

Tastiness: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Value of money: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Service: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Average Rating: 6.7/10

Review: This is one of the cake houses in Kuching where you can buy kek lapis. They bake a variety of kek lapis and also provide samples for customers to taste them. However, you need to go across Sarawak River to reach Mira Cake House. The shop is quite warm and the exterior wall of the shop is painted red. It was somehow irritating (eyes hurting!).

P.S: Rated three out of five for the tastiness ’cause I am not a fan of kek lapis.

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4. Top Spot Food Court

Address:  off, Jalan Padungan, 93100 Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia. (The sixth floor of UTC Kuching)

Total price: RM77.xx

Ratings (out of five ⭐️)

Tastiness: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Value of money: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Service: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Average Rating: 9.3/10

Review: It is so much cheaper than eating seafood in Kota Kinabalu. With the same amount and type of dishes I ate here, it may cost at least RM150 at seafood restaurant in Kota Kinabalu. For those who wish to try seafood in East Malaysia with a low budget, you are greatly encouraged to visit Top Spot Kuching.

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5. 21 Bistro

Address: 64, Padungan Road, 93100 Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia

Total price: About RM150 (with two pints of beer)

Ratings (out of five ⭐️)

Tastiness: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Value of money: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Service: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Average Rating: 8.0/10

Review: Near to end of Kuching Waterfront. Great environment.

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6. Magazzino Kuching

Address: 98 and 99 ,Jalan Green Hill, 93100 Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia.

Ratings (out of five ⭐️)

Environment: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Value of money: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Service: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Average Rating: 8.0/10

Review: Liquors and beers are cheap (cheaper than those in Kota Kinabalu). They have  three dart machines and live band as well 🙂 It was a relaxing night. ❤

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Food in Kuching (Part I)

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  1. 新联成 Sin Lian Shin

Address: No 182, Jalan Green, Sin Sin Park, 93150 Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia.

Business hours: 6 AM to 1 PM, closed on Tue

Food: Kolo Mee (original and red)

Price: RM4.00 per bowl (You can zoom in the first photo for prices of other food)

Ratings (out of five ⭐️)

Tastiness: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Value of money: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Service: ⭐️

Average Rating: 6.0/10

Review: My boyfriend and I had a very bad experience dining in this restaurant. We waited two bowls of mee for an hour! He reconfirmed our order with the chef after 30 minutes of waiting, the chef told him that the next order he was going to prepare was ours(and showed the paper which our order was written). However, after 15 to 20 minutes, we had not receive our order but newly came customers got theirs! We were mad and asked the chef for our mee again. At that moment, the chef was unable to find the paper with our order and claimed that the paper flew away, he did not prepare the mee for us. He knew we were frustrated as we stayed in his restaurant for almost an hour, so he took our order once again, then immediately cooked for us. Moreover, the staffs were unfriendly and service was bad. According to websites, it is one of the best kolo mee in town, but you need to be extremely patient if you wish to have a meal in this restaurant. They have poor management.

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2. Open Air Market

Address: Open Air Market, Jalan Power, 93000 Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia.

Morning- Hock Heng

Hock Heng is one of the stalls. We ordered kolo mee(red), char kuey teow and laksa from Hock Heng and two mugs of fresh soy milk from the stall two units next to Hock Heng.

Prices: Kolo mee (RM3.50), Char Kuey Teow (RM3.50), Laksa (RM4.50), Soy milk (RM3.50)

Ratings (out of five ⭐️)

Tastiness: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Value of money: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Service: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Average Rating: 6.7/10

Review: There were only few stalls open in the morning (around 9 AM). Red kolo mee at Sin Lian Shin taste slightly better than that at Hock Heng. Besides that, soy milk is smooth and its sweetness is perfect.

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Afternoon- RG Ais Krim Bergula Apong

Favor of the day: Chocolate

Business hours: 1 PM to 5 AM

Prices: RM2.20 (small), RM4.80 (medium, shown in the photo above), RM8.50 (big), RM2.50 (bun)

Ratings (out of five ⭐️)

Tastiness: ⭐️⭐️

Value of money: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Service: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Average Rating: 6.0/10

Review: There was no queue as mentioned over the internet when I arrived or I was simply lucky? It was too sweet for me and the ice cream melt fast. Only two toppings are available: peanuts or cornflakes, nonetheless, they offer different favor everyday. For your information, gula apong is palm sugar.

Night- The seafood market next to Open Air Market

There are numerous seafood stalls in the market. We had our dinner around 6.00 p.m. and only three seafood stalls were opened.

Food ordered: Butter prawn, chili frogs, deep fried squid and sweet leaf bush with eggs.

Price: RM53.00 (excluding drinks)

Ratings (out of five ⭐️)

Tastiness: ⭐️⭐️

Value of money: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Service: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Average Rating: 6.7/10

Review: Butter prawn and sweet lead bush were awfully salty. Salts could be clearly seen on the fried butter. Comparing to the saltiness of butter prawn, that of sweet lead bush with eggs was bearable, at least it tasted better when we ate it with rice.

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3. Fock Hai Tim Sum Cafe

Address: 52, Jalan Padungan, 93100 Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia

Business hours: 6 AM to 12 PM

Food ordered: Chicken pau (RM3.20), red bean pau (RM1.30), sio bee (RM2.70), ha kau (RM2.70)

Ratings (out of five ⭐️)

Tastiness: ⭐️⭐️

Value of money: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Service: ⭐️⭐️

Average Rating: 4.7/10

Review: Chicken within the bun was tough. I could not divide the bun into half using hands, it was not chewy at all. The sauce used for chicken pau was very similar to pork pau (big pau). If you are allowed to eat pork, you may try their pork pau. Apart from that, red bean paste was filled only half of a bun and the paste was dry. Sio bee was small and not juicy. Last but not least, ha kau this restaurant served was not purely prawn. Ha kau is supposed to be made by 100% prawn. They mixed prawn with pork, I barely tasted prawn in the ha kau.

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Review: Harbour View Hotel, Kuching

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Address: Lorong Temple, 93150 Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia

Contact number: +60 82-274 666

Stayed in a deluxe king room for two nights.

Cost per night: RM140 (included GST, via booking.com)

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Ratings (Out of five ⭐️)

  1. Location: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  2. Hotel facilities: ⭐️⭐️
  3. Room conditions: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  4. Space of the room: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  5. Customer service: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  6. Value of money: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

OVERALL: 8.0/10

The Pros:

  1. Strategic location. 7-eleven is just beside the hotel. Tua Pek Kong Temple, one of the attraction places in Kuching is right in front of Harbour View Hotel.
  2. The room was clean, tidy and spacious. Comfy bed, pillows, blankets as well as the sofa.
  3. Staffs are polite and the service they provide is excellent.

The Cons:

  1. There was only one receptionist available when I arrived the hotel.
  2. Iron and ironing board are not kept in the room. If you wish to iron your outfits, you need to go to a common area which you need to ask their staff for the location.
  3. This hotel did not provide room slippers.

I really enjoy staying over here although it only provides basic facilities (no swimming pool or gym). It is highly recommended hotel to stay!

 

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Review: Riverside Majestic Hotel, Kuching

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Address: 93756, Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman, 93100 Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia.

Contact number: +60 82-532 222

Stayed in a deluxe king room for a night.

Cost: RM199.30 (included GST, via booking.com)

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Ratings (Out of five ⭐️)

  1. Location: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  2. Hotel facilities: ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  3. Room conditions: ⭐️⭐️
  4. Space of the room: ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  5. Customer service: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  6. Value of money: ⭐️⭐️

OVERALL: 6.7/10

The Pros:

  1. It has a strategic location whereby waterfront is just in front of the hotel and 24-hour restaurants(KFC and McDonald) are just nearby. There are few restaurants, pubs and reflexology in that area. You can walk around to discover more.
  2. Toiletries they provided were superb. However, you need to special request for disposable razor, comb and toothbrush set.
  3. 5-star customer service is provided. Their staffs are polite and being helpful. They provide luggage storage. In addition, when you buy too much kek lapis and the mini fridge in the room could not store it, you can hand over to the reception counter and receptionist will keep it for you into a bigger refrigerator.

The Cons:

  1. There was a strange smell in the room. Its bathroom, pillows, bed and blanket as well as its wardrobe had an unpleasant odor.
  2. The exterior design of this hotel is old, it is the same goes to its furniture in the room! The sofa, the bathtub, the carpet, the wardrobe and many more!

The pros for staying at Riverside Majestic Hotel are more than the cons listed. Nonetheless, if I am going to Kuching for the second time, I will not choose this hotel again due to the strange smell. As I walked by the walkway to go to my room, I felt like I was in a haunted hotel (sorry to say that).

In short, it’s uncomfortable to stay overnight in this hotel although they have marvelous customer service.

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Review: XIAMEN University Malaysia Campus

14881315_1145292885560625_1837338151_oFirst of all, I wish to tell you that Xiamen University Malaysia Campus(XMUM) is not as good as you imagine and as excellent as any news reported. Whatever reported about this uni was too superficial and modified.

I am their student from first batch and I am currently finishing first year of Bachelor of Management in Accounting. In order to give you a better picture of XMUM, I am going to write this post in Q&A form. Real situations will be shared as well. It is going to be a lengthy post, please be patient in reading ’cause I personally hope that you will make a wise decision and don’t blindly believe the medias.

Q: Why do you enroll in this school in the first place? 

A: I was considering the May intake in UTAR. However my mum insist me to try on this school as their first intake was held in February 2016, and I could continue my studies asap. My mum claimed that XIAMEN is one of the best universities in China and there were a lot of teachers encouraged me to join this school.

P/S: Please note that XIAMEN is one of the best universities in CHINA, it is a completely different story when it comes to the Malaysia branch. The poor management in XMUM is irritating.

For example, every student was given RM50 in their ID card so that they could access to printing services provided in school library. When the RM50 was added to every student’s account, no further information or official announcement was given by school management. Hence, students thought the RM50 printing fee was included in application fee they had previously paid.

More than 6 months later,  the school management emptied the balance of every student’s account and requested every student to pay the amount they had used. This announcement was a huge surprise (in a bad way) to everyone! We always thought we had paid for that. FINE, how about those students who reload their accounts? The newly reloaded amount was emptied too!

I did not follow up with the issue but obviously this incident had clearly show that this school is poor in management. The school should not run if they do not have enough human capital, right? (For your information, the school is currently lack of the capital.)

Q: How are the lecturers this school hired from China?

A: Out of N numbers of lecturers from China, there was only one lecturer was taking high responsibility and was professional in giving lectures. She taught Principles of Accounting in semester one. I am unsure other lecturers from China who are teaching other courses, and I am going to focus on lecturers I have met.

During my semester one, there was a lecturer spent average 15 to 30 minutes in teaching syllabus given and the rest of the time he talked about philosophy. The lecturer was then being ‘invited’ back to China and he was no teaching in XMUM. He spoiled everyone’s chance in understand Principles of Economies more deeply. Everyone of us studied ourselves, and attending his lecture classes was waste of time but we were forced to attend so that we were qualified to sit for final examination.

For my second semester, I only took three subjects as it was a 5-week short semester. Without any surprise, there was a very special lecturer, he is from China too! Everyone of us thought we all had done well in final examination and had a great performance during presentation (since the lecturer was giving good feedback), however the final result was unexpectedly low. The low grade had spoiled my whole semester two result, eventually spoiled my CGPA!

Now, I am having my semester three, there are TWO lecturers who are really bad in giving lectures. The most problematic is the lecturer teaches Principles of Management. He did a lot of research papers and wrote numbers of poems, SO WHAT? His EQ is really poor and he is an ego old man. He does not respect his students, he thinks he is the best in speaking English and always underestimated others. Honestly, he often pronounces vocabularies incorrectly but students choose not to correct him as it will interrupt his lecture. We choose to keep silent and let him do all the talking. The first test he gave was terrible. Out of 50+ students, there were less than 25 students passed the test. For your information, five essay questions were given and we needed to complete them within an hour. Although it was an open book test, but the number of questions set was terrifying! In addition, there was no instruction given and he never gives us any tutorial. By the way, XMUM is not strict in separating lectures and tutorials. Basically, lecturers use the tutorial hours set by the school to give lectures.

P/S: Regarding the management lecturer, a group of us met officers from Academic department and described the real situations happened during his lecture classes. Nonetheless, the officers told us to have more tolerance and requested us not to expect the lecturer to lower his ego and to have better attitude as he is aged. In short, all the academic officers will do is to make sure he won’t come back for the next management class of the following batch. We all feel that we are their laboratory rat to test if a lecturer is good in teaching or not. We seriously do not need the status of ‘FIRST BATCH STUDENT’. All we need is to gain maximum of knowledge and have a memorable (in a good way) university life. The reasons given by Academic officers were not persuasive at all. They promised us the lecturer would provide us a clear explanation and guidelines. After few of his lectures, all of us had gave up on him as he did not make any improvement.

Could you feel how fed up are us?

Few students had moved to other school and there are more students plan to quit XMUM now. Dear parents, are you sure you still wish your child or relatives to enroll course in this school?

Q: How is the living environment in XMUM?

A: The accommodation of male and female students is not separated. They do not stay in the same floor or in the same room but they are staying under the same roof. The rules are not strictly followed. Male can enter female’s room and vice versa. Moreover, male maintainers or cleaners are free to move around female accommodation WITHOUT supervision of any guard. There were number of times I found male maintainer and male cleaner sitting on the stair linking between two floors of female accommodation talking over their phone (on different days). This was so uncomfortable. Apart from that, students are not allowed to cook even in any of the pantries provided by the school, which is saddening. 

P/S: The study environment in XMUM is almost the same as that in Chinese independent school. Students communicate with each other using Mandarin as well as the communication with majority of the lecturers. In my opinion, this school is not a good place to improve or learn English.

Last but not least, neither internal assessment marks or overall marks are shown in our result slips. They are mystery (lol, but that’s true). Students have their rights to know their marks, however XMUM is not providing them. :/

Please do not hesitate to share it if you think it will be helpful. Thank you in advance.

Have a pleasant day!

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Review: Capsule by Container Hotel 2.0

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Capsule by Container Hotel is located in  L1-2 & 3 of Transportation Hub at Gateway@ KLIA2. Last Saturday(26 June 2016) was my second time staying overnight in this hotel. Satisfied with their improvements! Less noises during sleeping time which usually caused by other guests and more rooms are available right now.

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Capsule gives every guest an amenity bag which contained of a shower towel, dental kit and a bottle of 500 ml water. I didn’t receive these when I was here for the first time.. They seemed more professional now. They have 24/7 front desk by the way. You can check-in at any time.

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Every guest will be given an access card and a locker key too! I love their black and white theme. Classic!

Capsule is now providing mixed rooms with single size bed and queen size bed accordingly. This means that they do not only have female and male dorms. You will get what I mean when you make a reservation on their website. 6 hours, 9 hours or 12 hours, it’s always up to you. If you have a long journey ahead and you which to freshen up, Capsule is a suitable place for you to drop by. Get a shower, then continue your journey! They provides other services too. Check them out!

Last but not least, I was not completely satisfied as I could not find slippers which they usually provide for guests’ indoor use. I ended up walking around in bare feet. Anyway, it was not a big deal. I truly believe you can enjoy the service they provide and have a good night sleep by stay over there. Their pillows and mattress are comfy! ❤

Wish to know my first experience staying over Capsule? Please click HERE.