Kembara Media Travelogue Day 1Monday, July 16, 2012
Previously my entry was a Sneek Peek about a programme called Kembara Media 1Malaysia 2012 to Mukah Division organised by Department of Information Malaysia, Sarawak. [ Click HERE to read ]
First and foremost, I would like to express my gratitude to Department of Information Malaysia, Sarawak for the invitation and also to Sarawak Bloggers for the opportunity.
Some introduction about Department of Information Malaysia. Their mission is to interpret and market the country's policies and agenda to be understood, supported, appreciated and cultivated by the people through the program description. While their vision is to become the main and core 1Malaysia and nation building based on National Principles.
[Read : Misi - Menterjemah dan memasarkan dasar dan agenda negara supaya difahami, disokong, dihayati dan dibudayakan oleh seluruh rakyat melalui program penerangan. Visi - menjadi peneraju utama dan teras dalam menjayakan gagasan 1Malaysia dan pembinaan negara bangsa berteraskan Rukun Negara]
Reach Kuching International Airport at 8:45am for a flight to Sibu and by 9:15am check - in my baggage at counter. Meet other participant from yesterday briefing and mingle around the departure hall..
|Our flight to Sibu|
|Found it somewhere near the departure gate... Kind of like it...|
|Sibu... Here we come!!|
From Sibu Airport, we're all take a ride to Mukah by a chartered bus.
|Introducing my long time travel companion - Bebear Grey!|
|Whoaa... Mouth - Watering meals....|
|Cooperation needed anywhere....|
|Modern shophouses in Selangau|
|Chicken for sale|
|Normal life at market nearby|
|planted, cultivated and sold by themself...|
|Daily activity... I was told weekend gives more profit and busier.|
|During weekend batter for this 'Mexican hat' <-- i named it hahaha! can reach up to 7kg of flour (usual was 3kg)|
|Everybody take advantage to rest...|
|We are here....!|
|Mukah town's landmark....|
|We have an appointment at level 1...|
|New friends and experienced photographer... Amir Hafiz (From Utusan Malaysia) & Razali Nordin (from BERNAMA)|
|It's started now...|
Mukah is a coastal town which serves as the administrative center of the Mukah District in Mukah Division, Sarawak. It is located by the South China Sea, about 2.5 hours by road from the city of Sibu. Mukah is also accessible by air by MASwings from Kuching and Miri. The duration of both flights is about one hour. There are also express boats connecting the town of Dalat (about 30 kilometers from Mukah) to Sibu. The express boat trip takes approximately 2 hours.
Mukah is an ancient trading and fishing port, situated at the mouth of the Mukah River adjacent to the South China Sea. Historically, the town was an outpost of the Sultanate of Brunei. It became part of Sarawak in 1861. It is now the centre of Melanau culture, and the "Pesta Kaul" festival, celebrated by the local fishermen in April to appease the spirits of the sea, is one of the major events of the Melanau calendar.
The Mukah hinterland was traditionally a major sago producing area. Of late however, most of the predominantly peat swamp areas that dominate the hinterland have been developed into oil palm plantations.
In November 1862, Rajah Muda James Brooke rescued several civilians from the Moro Pirates after a pitched naval battle off the coast of Mukah. During the fighting, Brooke's steamer named Rainbow sank four perahus (small boat) and damaged one other with cannon fire. Over 100 pirates were killed or wounded in the engagement while Brooke, and his Sarawakian followers, were mostly unscathed.
According to the National Census 2010, Mukah has a population of 43,284. However, this is the population of Mukah district not Mukah town.The majority of the people is Melanau. Other ethnicities are Chinese, Iban, Malay and others.
There are three secondary schools in the town; SMK Three Rivers, SMK St. Patrick and SMK Mukah. There is a newly opened MRSM Mukah. Also, there is Polytechnic Mukah and a small campus of UiTM here.
[ Read More about Mukah via Wikipedia HERE ]
After briefing and Q&A session and hand over souvenir (from Department of Information Malaysia ) to representative of Mukah Resident Offices, we were invited to the banquet hall for a tea break before setting off back to the hotel. Before that..., going up to 12th floor which used as Ruang Istiadat Khas (Special Ceremonial Hall) which also access to the outside (rooftop) to allows us to take pictures around the city from above.
|Mukah, Peace y'all~!!|
|Did you see the ocean....? *i want...*|
|Mukah from 12th floor|
|Growth.... It's getting there now....|
|RECODA building from atop|
|fellow media didnt want to miss the chance capturing Mukah...|
The location is very strategic as it is just nearby with all basic needs (top up, clothes, food court, karaoke cafe cum bar, KFC, Sugarbun, Ngui Kee Department Store, Maybank, Public Bank or even Gym!) Just few minutes of walking to all the places around the town, old market, opposite to Setia Raja Mosque and 5 minutes from Mukah Airport (by taxi). Few minutes from the bus station - just spot the huge orange building, Insya Allah you will never go wrong... *smile*. For those who in need to use the social networking (like ME!), the hotel offers free wifi which can be accessed at any - time. I would recommended this hotel.
[ For Reservation & Enquiries :
Tel : 60 84 874811
Fax : 60 84 874822 (Ext. 5 - Seri Setia Cafe) or Ext. 607 - Room Reservation.)
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org ]
|Lobby - suddenly flooded with us... LOL!|
|Front Desk - the staff are friendly, you can try ask direction from them.|
|Fellow media participants waiting to check in..|
|Very Sexy basin...|
|To me the size of this bedroom just nice for two. Spacious room with 32' LCD tv, Satellite channels, free bottle drinking water, coffee and tea facilities (refill daily). Free daily local newspaper at the door too!|
|Our view.... *peaceful feeling*|
|Apart of Bebear Grey, my other roomies is the sweet and beautiful owner of theborneogirl.com - Effadylia|
|our MC for the the next three days...|
|Food... food... food....|
|Food... food... food....|
|The famous dish... a-Must-try.. Umai *it's yummy : from non -seafood eater..me...!*|
|Grilled Terubuk fish...!|
|Very nice place, very near to the beach but better get ready with mosquito repellent... Those mini vampires didnt give you any mercy... hahahha|
|practise 1Malaysia in community... nice!|
|the arrival of YB. Dato' Seri Muhammad Leo Toyad, Mukah P. 213's MP|
Mahsuri Binti Ali Basah (Owner of Restaurant Selera Hujung Kampung) at 60 13-5687162.
|nommm nommm time begin!|
|Fellow media from See Hua Daily (feature writer - Wee Hui Zheng) & Conny Banji (in white from Borneo Post)|
|What a cutie...!|
|Our team leader for the Kembara Media 2012, Mr. Francis Bunchol Lasam from Jabatan Penerangan Sarawak handed souvenir to YB. Dato' Seri Muhammad Leo Toyad.|
|One of representative from Sarawak Bloggers - Hilda, owner of Being Hildaladida|
|Taufik Latip from TV3|
|Effadylia also representative from Sarawak Blogger and owner of theborneogirl.com cum my roommate!|
|Representatives from the Community 1Malaysia from Kuala Oya & Pekan Dalat.|
|In the mean time, grab the chance to rub shoulders with the VIP...|
|The only representative from Media group... we all too chicken out to come out and sing... Maybe due to tiredness too...|
|Adorable little visitor....|
|Another representatives from the Community 1Malaysia from Kuala Oya & Pekan Dalat. Very sporting man, even invite us to dance along....!! heheh|
|By the way, what is this....?|
More photos [ HERE ]
NTGravity : I'm enjoying so much... people are friendly... food are so yummy!! Really glad i was selected to join...