Saturday, September 23, 2017

Fairy and wind

I always wanted to explore caves and let the children experience and learn something about our homeland.


Yesterday, we took a short drive to Bau for some caves exploration. Not only we get to visit 1 cave in Bau, but two at one go. The Fairy Cave and Wind Cave. It took us few hours to cover both caves.

Not very far from city centre, we started our drive from home around 1030am and reached our first cave, Fairy Cave before 1130am.  The fairy cave was all about climbing those steepy (wet and dark in one part of the cave) to the inner of the cave. But all the climbing worth it all when we reached the inner opening of the cave.
Staircases all the way to the mouth of the cave

Old staircases

The entrance of the cave






Can you spot batman??


Legend had it that the rock formation in the fairy cave resembled fairies, where as myth had it that the people that stayed in the cave was turned into rocks. Whatever it was, the cave was intriguing and mysterious in its own way.

After a good rest and a drink of fresh coconut juice at the bottom of the cave, we departed for our second cave exploration. The Wind Cave. Few minutes drive only.

Wind Cave was my favourite as more to explore, feel and see. A long passage in this nature reserve. We did stopped at the Sarawak river next to the Wind Cave before proceed to the Wind Cave.


Sarawak river




The trails of wind cave were well maintained. Some passages were pretty dark so we needed torchlights to see around. We managed to spot some lives in the cave with bats hanging up high on the cave roof and some were flying around.
Group of bats

The sink hole on the roof

More sink holes caused by bats


Staglamite and staglatite meet

Staglamite formation

Underground river

Fossil

An opening after long walk in the dark

You could touch the wall if you jump high!

I cannot help but wonder back when the time man lived a mediocre life in the cave; unlike our current stressed, competitive and materialistic world! ^^ Imagine myself live in countryside or secluded place, not cave of course. Hmm.

Wind cave is interesting and has lots to discover about. The pinnacles, staglamites and staglatites. A snail fossil on the roof. Few species of bats include insect-eating bats and fruits-eating bats. The gushing wind blowing in the cave, and the underground stream where Sarawak river flows into.


We spent a good half day in the caves.  And it costs us only RM4 to explore both caves. A wonderful way to spend our holiday away from home.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

In the house

Rojak + Ais Kacang = yummy dessert


This place called Ah Kee Dessert is operating from the corner terrace house just before the Stapok Utara bridge (opposite of SJK CH No 6 primary school). Many reviews and recommendation on this home-based business but I had never checked it out till one day. It was not hard to spot the house as there is a small sign board saying "ABC". 


But on one afternoon when I felt like having ice kacang, it was closed. It was one of the afternoon over the one week school holiday last month when I dropped both Jan and Jay for their arts tuition.

No "ABC" sign hung out so I knew it was closed that day. The following week, I wanted to try again but again, I did not have the luck.  It was closed again! On a Monday. Oh well, never mind. I could always try again another day when I am passing by this house.


The lucky star was on my side the next day.  It was raining that day. It was the UPSR week.  Jan was sitting for her Pra-UPSR exam (Primary 5) so she did not have any afternoon school tuition or extra curriculum that week.  We were 3rd time lucky when we saw Ah Kee Dessert was opened when we were on the way to drop Jay at his arts tuition. So after sending Jay off, together with Jan and Jamie, we went over to the house for dessert.

There was a drizzle that afternoon so it was not too cold or stuffy to have some light bites there. The stall and seating were in the porch.


A friendly aunt was mending both stalls with the help from her daughter. No customers that time so I had a good chat with the friendly aunt while enjoying my dessert.


We ordered a small plate of rojak for sharing besides the ABC.

RM3.00 rojak

RM3.50 ABC

The shaved ice dessert was good; it was not too sweet although it looked like it. It was refreshing and refined with many goodies to be taken on any warm day.  There waa few longans, sweet corns, cincau, cendol, coloured sago and red beans for that extra texture and bites. Glad that I were sharing this dessert with Jan because I did not think I could finish it all by myself.

As for the rojak, the rojak paste was thick and tasty with generous topping of chopped nuts. If only they gave more rojak paste, it would be perfect for me but this was good enough.



Many other cold desserts to choose from. That would be another time, another day.


And yes, I did come back the following week. Could not resist the cold dessert and this time, I bought home a cup of ang tau peng (RM2.50) and big pack of rojak (RM5.00).




Check out their Facebook page or for direction and location, click here.

Address: Ah Kee Dessert, No 81, Jalan Stapok Utara 1, Taman Stapok, 93250 Kuching, Sarawak.

Operating hours : 1030am to 4pm daily except Monday (off)

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

From the market

When public holiday falls on either Thursday or Friday, I would usually ask hubby to go to the weekly pasar tani in MJC. And that was what happened when we had a 5-days long holiday which includes Thursday and Friday as well.

We went to the pasar tani on Thursday, spending a good 30 minutes scouting and buying stuff. We got some vegetables, fishes, parsley plants and snacks. 

The market was packed with people. It was a holiday so it was as expected. But what was more awesome was there were many stalls than before. Some new stalls that I have never seen before. So, the next day, we went back for our 2nd round.

The kids love the yue tiaw as well as the cucur sayur (vegetable fritters) that we bought the day before, so we were going back to the same stalls for them.
Cucur sayur

However as it was Hari Raya Haji, few Malay stalls were not opened and one of them was the cucur stall. So another day for that.

Some snapshots of what we could find in the market.







We bought mostly fried snacks home that afternoon. There went my diet!!

Yue tiaw and apam balik

Fried mushrooms

Keropok lekor

Cherries

I like cherries the most. Refreshing to wash away the oiliness after eating some much fried stuff. And made me missed Europe too. ^^