Last Stop on Borneo
Trip Start Apr 01, 2016
30Trip End May 11, 2016
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The three main ethnic classifications of the population are the indigenous people (tribal), Chinese, and Malays
We explored Kuching, the capital, which is considered one of Malaysia's most charming and laidback cities. We started our day at the Semmenggoh Willdilfe Center, which was established to care for wild animals which have either been found injured in the forest, orphaned, or were previously kept as illegal pets. The Centre has been a resounding success, caring for almost 1,000 endangered mammals, birds and reptiles from dozens of different species. However it is the orang utan rehabilitation program that has made the Centre famous. Today there are twenty-seven orang utans in residence, The Centre is located in a deep forest; heavy ropes have been strung among the trees to bring them to the feeding stations twice a day, and they KNOW when it's time for a meal! We had less than an hour to observe them; tourists are allowed into the park only twice a day for the feeding times. They really are smart. Most of the ones we saw had snagged coconuts from the feeding stations, and took off on the ropes and the trees to enjoy them. They first stripped off the husks of the coconuts, then banged it on the tree trunk to open the top.
We returned to the city of Kuching, which translates to 'cat'; we passed the large, colorful sculpture of kitty cats, and noticed later that many of the souvenir T-shirts had images of cats on them.
Our next stop was a photo op at the central mosque, covered in gold as usual. In front of the mosque there was a Muslim graveyard. Each body is buried so that they are facing Mecca, and there is a marker at each end of the cemetery plot.
We visited the Sarawak Museum, which was hot, poorly lit, and filled with stuffed snakes, moth-eaten squirrels and monkeys, and two killer whale skeletons. I never made it to the second floor, but did find the ladie's room, which was much more important to me. Our guide had to give me a coin so that I could get in. And that doesn't even buy you TP!
Our final stop was a shopping area along the river, which had been landscaped and modernized in 1990; it was a very pleasant place to stroll or sit on a bench and watch the world go by
We have some SERIOUS shoppers on the cruise. One couple already has two suitcases filled with stuff. I'm at the other end of the scale, because I have no room at home for any more 'things'. So far, I've bought two small hand-made pottery bowls in Okinawa (had to get rid of our Japanese currency), booze and the pepper corns. I'm looking forward to doing more damage in Bali, our next stop.
The sunset tonight was spectacular...as you'll see in the photos.