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Kuching means “cat” in Malaysian. I knew this from my time in Indonesia when many people would call the street-cats like that. Also Kuching is the capital of Sarawak (the one of the two districts of Borneo) and luckily it still conserves its charm. I bet twenty years ago it was even more charming and traditional but hey, what is it being saved completely from the “progress” and the concrete jungle development?

A big kuching

A big "kuching"

Sarawak as such, was part of the sultanate of Brunei about 200 years ago until the British (yes British again!) James Brooke or Rajah (King) James Brooke as he is known was given it.  He and his family was around even until 1941 when the Japanese invaded it and held it for about four years. Its independence was given by the British, that ruled it again after the Japanese, in 1963 and therefore formed Malaysia for the first time along with Singapore, Sabah and North Borneo the same year (Singapore became independent two years later).

I enjoyed walking in Chinatown and Little India part of Kuching, which along with the docks and the museums areas are a good glimpse of what Kuching could have been in the past. The food was great and the accomodation cheap enough. Being my first touch of Malaysia I was happily surprised but of course no comparison to Indonesia; the people are clearly more well off here and more neutral when it comes to their reactions to foreigners. Their economic situation has to do with the palm oil industry, that has destroyed so many forest areas and it still does, as well as it keeps numbers of endangered species in the same low level as years ago. When reading old stories, Kuching was the place of rest for many adventurers and explorers. Today it is a good stop before one starts visiting Borneo’s many National Parks – and up to a point I would do the same thing.

I later found out that not all cities of Borneo have characters as well as not all National Parks of Borneo are worth visiting… Stay tuned for more 😉


Written by csm2mk

May 24, 2009 at 6:13 PM

Posted in Malaysia

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  1. We will, kuchi kuchi 😛


    May 25, 2009 at 10:03 PM

  2. Kuching, cat?. City of crouching tiger(s) hidden dragon(s) springs to mind!

    I’m staying tuned for more. Keep well.

    …oh by the way, afford me this indulgence – to remain mysterious.


    May 26, 2009 at 3:12 PM

  3. Hola Diego!!! Como van los conciertos???
    MizzB – Have it your way 😉 I just wanted to know; do I know you and I have to guess or I do not know you at all (pleaaaaaaaaase ;)))


    May 28, 2009 at 9:34 AM

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