Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Pekan Bekenu, Miri

A week before the recent Raya Haji, we were looking for ideas for more interesting places and small town to discover within driving distance on a day trip around Miri on Sunday. We packed all the kids stuff within 30mins on deciding to go out, drove around aimlessly around the city to look for an impromptu idea, but ended up in Merdeka Mall! Duh, of all places..

Pekan Bekenu's Landmark, the Palm Fruit
So the next Saturday prior to Raya Haji, after the leason I learnt from the previous week, I started asking my Mirian colleagues to recommend a good place to drive to 'just to check out some fresh local fish or vegetables'. Our tea lady recommend Pekan Bekenu as it is not very far and I should checked out their Pasar Tamu.

We went to Pekan Bekenu on Raya Haji (15 October 2013), which is about 45mins drive from Miri city via the Bintulu-Miri coastal road. When we reached there, I was dissappointed to find out that the Bekenu Wet Market was closed. Of course, the fishermen were Malays, silly me, sure they need the holiday.

Anyway I did not go back empty handed as there were still some vegetable and dry condiment seller at the Pasar Tamu next to the wet market. I bought daun sabong, green chilies to make this dish and also bamboo shoot to be stir-fried. All will be featured in my Sarawak Ethnic Cuisine blog.

We hung around abt 2-3 hours more in the pekan and had our lunch at a nearby seafood shop. Nothing much to see, but interesting nevertheless. Hopefully next time if I were to come here, I can get to visit the Wet Market.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Lambir National Park, Miri

Our trip to Lambir National Park, Miri was on 1 September, 2013.

We passed by this national park few times before when we went to see my sister in Bintulu. This time, since we have a short holiday due to National Day, we thought why not bring the kids to experience the jungle themselves.

Marion getting all ready for a trekking

Entrance to the trail.
 There are 5 waterfalls in this National Park, but we choose the nearest and easiest as we are with kids, which is Latak Waterfall.

 The only way to bring a baby for a trekking is to babywear them. Baby stroller is pretty useless here lol!!

 I chose to hip-carry using ring sling instead of piggy back as I would not be able to see if any insects were to bite her if I do. Poor my baby!

Suspended bridge

Love the lush jungle. Easy trail for family trekkers like us

Latak Waterfall.
This waterfall is not that majestic and nobody can swim near the waterfall base as it is close to public for safety reason. Someday when we are stronger and more ready, will try to explore other waterfall locations.

Marion playing with the sands.

Marion loves playing with the (muddy) sands and got to get wet on the stream under her daddy's watchful eyes. Overall we really enjoyed the trail and Marion got excited by the sounds made by the creatures in the jungle, something that she does not get to experience often. We may even choose to come back and stay here for a night just to get away from the city.

More information on Lambir National Park : http://www.sarawakforestry.com/htm/snp-np-lambir.html