Saturday, August 29, 2015

Sarawak Cultural Village : An Open Air Living Musuem



Land of The Hornbills.
Where Adventure Lives.
More Than Paradise.

The names given to Sarawak.
And I concur.


I always believe that cultural village of any countries is good. As we don’t have sufficient to venture to all the country site and learn their history, culture, origin and ethnicity.

After going to a few, both in-country and abroad, I realized not only learnt, I also get to see whether our very own cultural village is at par with those I’ve seen. And I am truly impressed and in love with Sarawak Cultural Village (SCV), located at the foot of Mt. Santubung. Being rich in history, culture and heritage, rewarded with beautiful natural wonders, charmed visitors with heartfelt warmness, Sarawak boast to be a paradise that every travelers seek. Me included.

Sarawak Cultural Village is an open air living museum portraying the cultural and heritage of Sarawak’s main ethnicity, showcasing handicrafts, food, weapon, attire as well as dances. The houses that one can experience here are Orang Ulu Longhouse, Melanau Tall House, Bidayuh Longhouse, Iban Longhouse, Malay Kampung House and Chinese Farm House. Every house have it unique characteristic and ethnic showcase, no one house is the same hence I advise that you allocate few house if you plan to visit this exciting place. The other thing you should try out is the local food being served here at the cafeteria, from ayam pansuh to umai, to uban goreng belacan; the food here will surely excite your taste palate. 


My first experience in Sarawak Cultural Village was awe-inspiring. The first thing that came to my mind was the museum I visited in Romania. I tend to have trips with no preparation, I let my feet craft my path. That's what happened in Romania, it took me to a living museum. And since then, my benchmark was Dimitrie Gusti National Village Museum in Bucharest, Romania. Even the one in Stockholm lost to them. These are my thoughts of a living museum of which Sarawak Cultural Village (SCV) met ithe mark.

  • SCV team were friendly & knowledgeable, this is key as visitors will have a lot of questions to ask and they have to feed them with accurate information.
  • The longhouses and tall house in SVC were as how an original home should be, the closest best.
  • Having the local ethnicity to represent their home, heritage and culture nails it.
  • SCV keeping it to 5 main ethnicity was a good move : Iban, Bidayuh, Ulu, Melanau, Penan, as well as Malay and Chinese home. 


Bidayuh Longhouse
SCV educates visitors on Bidayuh's custom & culture. 





Iban Longhouse
The art of weaving beads that enthrall us.





Penan Hut
SCV taught us on Sarawak's jungle nomad: Orang Penan.





Orang Ulu Longhouse
We learnt from SCV on Orang Ulu's sword craftsmanship.





Melanau Tall House
It's Melanau Tall House not longhouse, we found out at SCV.





Malay Kampung House
It portrays the simplicity of Malay kampung house with local delicacies.





Chinese Farm House
It is a farmer’s house with the usual oriental décor and the only home here that is floored by the earth.




And at Sarawak Cultural Village (SCV), your visit will end with performance which will blow your mind away. The SCV mini concert should not be missed!

So, my verdict on #Sarawak Cultural Village?





... A must-mandatory-compulsory place to go if you are in Kuching *proud. Smile*.
 

Entrance Fee
RM 60.00 (US$20.00) - Adult
RM 30.00 (US$10.00) - Child : 6-12 years old
Free for Children aged under 6 years old

Sarawak Cultural Village
Pantai Damai, Santubong
Kuching, Sarawak
Email: enquiry@scv.com.my

Website: http://www.scv.com.my/

* For more photos, please click HERE.





Jom Jelajah Koperasi Sarawak Media Fam Trip is in collaboration with Surahanjaya Koperasi Malaysia (#SKM) with #GayaTravel as media coordinator















Wednesday, August 26, 2015

How to get to Alleppey Houseboat?



Travelers have been asking me I tips on how to purchase a boathouse package in Alleppey.
So here goes.


Alleppey or Alappuzha is located in Kerala state, in southern India. My journey starts from Bangalore moving towards Mysore where I discover how Hindu ad Islam architecture culture intertwine, then we proceed to Alleppey to experience a boathouse stay. The standard and constant questions I have been receiving are (i) How to get to Alleppey (which is a bit hard to answer as it is highly depending on from where the person travels from) and (ii) How much did I pay for my boathouse or houseboat. So, for those who are dying to know about this 2 questions (not sure how much I can be of help), here goes…


(i) How to get to Alleppey?
This is a tough one, normally I choose to ignore as there is no exact answer to this question. How do I advise as I travel from Mysore and I travel as I please which is kinda hard for me to advice (I shall try nevertheless). I took a bus from Mysore and arrived superbly early in the morning in Alleppey Bus Station and waited for the Boathouse Agent office to open. Simple right? Yup! It is that simple.


#TravelTips 1 : Yes. The bus station is safe at least when I was there. We lepak-ed at the bus station while waiting for the Boathouse Agent office opens.

#TravelTips 2 : There are a few shops inside and outside the bus station selling waters, newspaper and titbits. Get yourself a bottle of two bottles of mineral water or juices before the boat trip.


(ii) How much did I pay for my boathouse or houseboat?
I paid RM200 per person for an overnight trip; full board, some says its cheap and some says it is expensive. Well, it is very much on how you see it, glass half full or half empty *wink*. This is what I learnt and gathered…


#TravelTips 3 : Most websites displayed RM300-400 per person / per overnight trip, am equally surprise. No comment on this.

#TravelTips 4 : There are a few type of boathouse, you can either charter the boat, then there are also 2 rooms boat, 3 rooms boat etc. Options are limitless, so are the sizes.


#TravelTips 5 : RM200+ is during peak season, and RM100+ for low season.

#TravelTips 6 : You can attempt a walk-in bargain at the agent office, that’s what we did. Just make sure you have a great back-up plan.


Just in case you are not spending any nights in the town, you can get postcards and souvenirs at the shops around the river banks near the bus station. The people there are very friendly.













Monday, August 24, 2015

Frankfurt Old Town : Touch & Go



Lie I will not.

So, the big question is “Can you cover Frankfurt in a day?”. 


Well, that depends, if you just wish to a touch a go kinda a trip then the answer is possible. You can do an 8 hours in Frankfurt too if you are kiasu on pinning on number of countries and cities but my sincere advice is to not to. During the 1 day I spent upon arriving in Europe (before departing for my Balkan countries), Anna and I decided to venture to a factory outlet located outskirt of Frankfurt and as the bus took us on an 1 hour journey to Wertheim Village, I must say, the journey was picturesque and the town were both quaint and charming. A place I wish to stay for at least a night. One of the best view which I hope to do is rent a bike and cycle at the country site. I feel the longing by just thinking about it while writing this entry. I guess I have reached a point where city dwelling is not in my wish list, not even the off beaten track, now am just looking for tranquility while traveling, doing what the locals do, take a bike ride and picnic by the river. Sounded over the top? This was the scene I saw during my trip to Wertheim and looks relaxing.

What did I do during that 1 day I spent in Frankfurt on my way to Malaysia?
Not much really, I visited the city prominent landmarks and attractions while at the same time did a little shopping. Jadilah kan…


Römerberg 
The Römer is a medieval building in the Altstadt of Frankfurt am Main, Germany, and one of the city's most important landmarks. The Römer is located opposite the Old St. Nicholas church and has been the city hall (Rathaus) of Frankfurt for over 600 years. Source : Wikipedia

This is basically the landmark for Frankfurt, kira kalau tak pergi tak sah lah. And this is where you get your souvenirs at a reasonable price. Everything is within walking distance from Römer so you can use this as a meeting point.


Seufzerbrücke or Bridge of Sighs
Part of the Römer, the residents of Frankfurt who paid their taxes in the North wing. So they needed to cross this bridge and aptly named this the Seufzerbrücke or Bridge of Sighs.

After googling, this is all I can find tapi prominent gak lah sebab google ada kan *wink*.


St. Catherine's Church (Katharinenkirche)
St. Catherine's Church is the largest Lutheran church in Frankfurt am Main, dedicated to the martyred early Christian saint, Catherine of Alexandria. It is located in the old city centre near one of the most famous plazas in the city, the Hauptwache (Main Guard). Source : Wikipedia

This is located just next to Hauptwache Building and this whole area is called the Hauptwache Plaza, apparently very famous around the old town. Dah balik Malaysia baru tau. Keh keh keh…


Hauptwache Building
The baroque building which gave the square its name was built in 1730. It was the headquarters of the city's Stadtwehr militia when Frankfurt was an independent city state (→ Free City of Frankfurt) and also contained a prison. Source : Wikipedia

Didn't even know this is a famous building, I thought it was a nice looking restaurant. Hehehhehee.... nasib baik tangkap gambo


Eschenheimer Turm
Eschenheim Tower was a city gate, part of the late-medieval fortifications of Frankfurt am Main, and is a landmark of the city. The tower, which was erected at the beginning of the fifteenth century, is at once the oldest and most unaltered building in the largely reconstructed Frankfurter Neustadt (new town), now better known as the Frankfurt-Innenstadt (city center). Source : Wikipedia

Since this was a touch and go trip, I only managed to walk pass it and take a few shots (well, 3 shots)


MyZeil
MyZeil is just a ashopping mall but I was so fascinated with the glass facade since forever that I make a point to visit this mall, it looks as it the glass been sucked in into the interior. Cool giler. It is located at a shopping street and on this street, Adidas shop bersepah. Sekian, gi shopping!


Frankfurt Cathedral
This Roman Catholic Gothic church is located in the centre of Frankfurt am Main, Germany. The cathedral is the largest religious building in the city and a former collegiate church. As former election and coronation church of the Holy Roman Empire, the cathedral is one of the major buildings of the Empire history and was mainly in the 19th century a symbol of national unity. Source : Wikipedia

My landmark when I walk from the train station to Römer as it is the tallest building within the area. Takde apa nak cite kat sini sebab masa it was being restored so I was looking at scaffolding most of the time jer lah. 


Eiserner Steg
Eiserner Iron Bridge is a pedestrian bridge built in 1868 across the Main River in Frankfurt am Main, connecting the Römerberg to the Sachsenhausen district. It is a riveted steel truss bridge 170 m long. It has two pillars and attributed to the Gothic Revival style. At the time of it's construction the use of the term "iron" was common, and the bridge was so named. Source : Wikimapia

I did take a walk on this bridge and roam on the other side.



Like seriously, touch and go kinda trip is mainly walking pass somewhere take a few shots and move on. Nothing to write and nothing much to experience… the only different is arriving to a new city or countries and seeing everything for the first time. Hence, I always advice to not do a touch a go trip, 1 full one day in a city need to exclude night time (or sleeping time), transportation, meal time etc, at the end you probably have few hours to spare in 1 particular city.

So, can one do a day trip in Frankfurt? Yes, tapi cam yang I blog lah… seimbas lalu jer.













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