Kuching is Clean Twin Cities
As I approached the rented car, I noticed there’s a ticket for parking at a wrong place. Well I did not notice that the space was meant for a lorry instead of a car as the lines were not long enough. Anyway, I happily paid the RM20 fines. Why was that? Well, I didn’t mind paying to the local authority as they did a good job in keeping the streets and parks neat clean. Later in the evening I saw few women sweeping the leaves by the riverside, and that explains everything. These local women worked diligently. They looked passionate in what they were doing, very different than what I saw in many other neighborhoods. I’ve visited this city few times over the years and I am proud to say that they have managed to maintain their tradition of cleanliness. Congratulation to Kuching, meoooow, meeoooow.
Kuching is a twin-cities with two municipal councils (MBKU for Kuching Utara and MBKS for Kuching Selatan). The North hosts the administrative establishments such as State Assembly, State Mosque, State Library as well as education institutions and industry. The South is where most commercial areas and shopping complexes are located. Kuching airport is also in the South.
Built by second Rajah, Sir Charles Brooke, named after his wife Ranee Margaret in 1879. Mmm… Shah Jahan built Taj Mahal for his wife Mumtaz Mahal. In fact there are many other monuments built driven by the same reason, scattered throughout the world.
Places of Interest
There are many places worth visiting. It all depends on you and what you like. Not much on shopping unless you like the bargains from the neighboring Indonesian towns which can be reached by car. There are plenty of souvenirs and paraphernalia to choose from – artifacts, traditional weapons, embroideries etc… A river cruise might be interesting for some. There are endless of choices on ways to waste your time and forget your daily routines.
For those who love nature, there are many national parks to choose from. I went to Bako, enjoyed the trip, and planned to come back some times later. But my next “hiding retreat” would be to Gunung Mulu near Miri. mmm… still searching for the opportunity.