For most people, Miri, in Sarawak, or better known as the Borneo island is well known as the source of Petroleum. In the past, there were many expats in Miri city as they were working for Shell and Petronas.
Well, just in case if you happen to be in Miri, you probably feel very clueless as to where to go and what to do during your stay here. As someone who was born in Miri, I’ll suggest a few activities that you should try to really feel the experience the local culture.
Some of the activities listed may need you to move around, so you will probably need to look for a reliable car rental service like the one provided by Naiee’s Car Rental as you can’t rely on the public transport here for moving to locations beyond the city center.
1. Try the midin fern.
It’s available in most chinese and some malay restaurants. It’s a fern that is only available in Sarawak and you should try it if you’re into organic food as they grow naturally on jungle and forest throughout Sarawak. The next time you’re ordering your dinner, you should get yourself a plate of midin with shrimp paste.
2. Buy some handicraft
You may want to prepare some money to buy some of the beautiful handmade beadworks and wood carvings done by the orang ulu such as the Penans and the locals here. Each of them have unique design for their artwork depending on its ethnic group origin. Some of the most popular weaving from the Ibans is known as the pua kumbu (covering blanket). This weaving is considered sacred and is believed to be able to connect men with the spiritual world.
3. Picnic at Piasau Camp beach
Miri has a very long shoreline and for the most part of the beach, it is not commercialized. You can spend a few hours strolling around the beach, or even set up a camp and picnic here if you’re an outdoor person. Piasau camp is a gazetted natural reserve to protect the hornbills and various rare birds and mammals species.
4. Visit the night market in Saberkas
You should come here and try some of the food sold in the night market. They are open from Wednesday to Saturday and sell varieties of local cuisines and smoked chicken and fish.
(Updated on 16 November 2015)
5. Visit the Tusan Cliff
This is a relatively new places of Interest in Miri. It was featured in Borneo Post for its “Blue tears” phenomenon. I was there last weekend but unfortunately I didn’t have the right camera to capture the image. You have climb down a small hill to reach the beach.
These are just some of the activities that you can try here to have an actual experience of being in Miri.
The past two weeks have been pretty bad for me, I had fever, followed by bad cough, and then flu. After everything is fine, I suddenly had a strong pain underneath my leg. I never thought that I am going to get gout.
I had the same pain in my leg twice before but it was gone after a few days and I never thought it was gout.
Before this, I thought gout is a sickness for those who are above 40. I was wrong and learn from the doc that treated me he has treated gout patient as young as 25 yo before this. OMG!
It’s time to take care of what I am eating if I do not want to get attacked by gout again. I am going to avoid high purine food like the anchovy like a plague from now on.
Have you ever thought what is your purpose in life?
Well, I do, sometimes. I say sometimes because most of the time I am just too busy pursuing so many things in life, and each of them leads me to different directions. Sometimes I wish I can go back to the beginning and change whatever stupid decisions that I made.
But as a human, we can only move forward. We will never progress if we do not let go of the past.
I will continue to think of what I want to do with my life, while I still have it.
Have a nice day.
Wah, ternyata sudah begitu lama aku tidak meng-update blog ini.
Maafkan aku kerana aku bukan sengaja membiarkan blog ini terdampar sedemikian rupa. Kadang-kala aku terasa seolah-olah diperhatikan. Aku tidak kisah diperhatikan, tapi jika tujuan pemerhatian itu adalah untuk melihat aku jatuh, adalah lebih baik untuk aku berdiam diri dahulu.
Buat masa ini, alhamdulilah aku ada sebuah pekerjaan tetap yang dapat aku harapkan untuk tujuan membayar komitmen-komitmen penting dalam hidup ini. Ya, aku maksudkan hutang piutang.
Aku teringat suatu ketika dahulu, aku tidak perlukan sebuah pekerjaan tetap seperti ini kerana income ku masuk bagaikan air paip yang mengalir mencurah-curah. Mungkin ada hikmahnya semua ini terjadi. Mungkin Allah sayangkan aku dan tidak ingin aku tersesat terlalu jauh dalam segala cubaan di dalam dunia ini.
Masanya telah tiba untuk aku kuatkan semula semangatku dan membangunkan semula perniagaan online yang aku pernah jalankan dahulu secara part time dulu buat masa ini. Doakan semoga aku berjaya.
Terima kasih & Assalamualaikum.
I am actually quite hesitant to upgrade my phone to the so-called smartphone, because of the following reasons:
- It uses more power and it may not last more than 12 hours. At least that’s what I am experiencing with the phone that I am using at the moment. I really wish there will be more solution to ensure these phones can stay charged longer instead of forcing us to plug it onto the socket twice a day for a few hours just to make sure it has enough juice to keep it going.
- You tend to spend too much time on it scrolling through facebook. I’d rather spend that time doing more productive work.
So does a smartphone make you smart? Well, I am not too sure about that. I think it’s just causing a lot of headache to parents to see their kids spend so much time on their phones. And when they spend so much time online or playing games, our future generations will get dumber, not smarter.
So, think twice before handing your kids a smartphone as a birthday present.
As I look back to year 2013, I see that I have a lot of things that could have done better, but didn’t. Some people would say, it’s easy to say that now that it’s over.
The first few months of my life in 2013 was pretty fucked-up because of the many bad decisions that I made. I was in KK to do a few small projects with an old friend. I would have made a few hundred thousand dollars if things worked according to our plan.
I came back to Miri in April 2013, just in time for the General Election. I came back with a broken heart. The last project that I was working on was a travel project for Sabah tourism package and we have already started with the marketing campaign for the website when Lahad Datu was invaded by pirates.
I spent about 3 months, April to July staying at my parents home before I got a job here. I managed to spend more time with my mom & dad. I think that was the longest period I stayed at home ever since after I finished my studies. I moved out in the last few days of July so I can have a place closer to workplace.
My brothers and I was planning to buy flight tickets for my mom and dad so they can go visit my aunt and uncle in Johor. He was quite happy about it. I never thought my dad would leave us all so soon in September… sigh… sorry dad I let you down on so many things.
One month later, my grandmother passed away…
These two deaths shows me how vulnerable we are as mere mortal.
Let me end this simple blogpost by wishing all of you a happy new year. And I am wishing all of us a better year in 2014. May us grow wealthy, healthy and wiser.