Cat statues

Trip Start May 18, 2003
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Wednesday, June 11, 2003

Having walked around this city for a couple of days the cats are starting to come out of their hiding places and I have seen quite a few now. They look exactly the same as the cats back on Peninsular Malaysia, i.e. very thin with the short crooked tails. There must be a defective gene going around here.

Yesterday was spent at the museums. Sarawak Museum was interesting, made up of an 'old' building and a new wing separated by a road. The old building had some excellent exhibits, my favourite being the reconstructed Iban Longhouse that the local tribes live in. Both buildings are free to enter but the new wing is really not worth visiting until they get some decent stuff to display.

The Islamic Museum (free entry) was similar in content to the one I visited in KL, but on a smaller scale. I loved the layout - several small galleries constructed around courtyards and a fountain to the rear. Having being spoilt at the KL Islamic Museum it was hard to impress me at this one but they still had a good selection of well labelled artifacts.

There was a food court just around the corner where we stopped for lunch, hiding from the rain. I am beginning to think that Borneo either gets a lot of rain or is in the middle of its rainy season as it has rained every afternoon here. Not that its a problem, the resulting cooler air is very welcome.

Although I originally thought I could avoid all forms of foreign fast food whilst travelling in Malaysia I have succumb to the Royal Masala Veggie Pizza available at Pizza Hut. I hope this variety spreads to New Zealand's shores by the time I get there as it is quite irresistible!

Today I have been Cat Statue spotting around the city. Some of them are better than others but they look very surreal with their huge whiskers and strange poses.
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