Serikin is a little bordertown (at the Malaysia-Indonesi border), 80km from Kuching.
Last Saturday (16 October 2010) was my last day in Kuching, sarawak. Our flight home was scheduled at 2.00pm.
Ida of PULAPOL Kuching was nice enough to offer to take us to this little bordertown.
We left our hotel just before 7am, and in less than 1 hour, we reached our destination.
We parked our car (there were very few cars then), and started to walk towards the shops lining the single street:
It was indeed very sunny:
There were not many visitors yet, but most make-shift shops were already open. I was told that these shops open only during weekends (i.e. Saturday and Sunday).
Most good are either locally made, or imported from the nearby Indonesia.
It was getting hotter and hotter that I felt like I was roasting myself! No wonder Ida brought along 2 umbrellas for us. We decided to walk by the shady side:
It was a long stretch of shops, so I decided to capture more of them after we’ve walked about halfway through:
Another try at the same view:
As I looked back:
When I though we were reaching the end, there were still a lot more shops ahead of us:
We stopped at the point where the road is no longer tarred:
Ah, we could finally see the end of the stretch:
We turned back, got into the car, and then left Serikin.
On our way back ,we stopped at a place where the locals sell their fruits and vegetables:
and some handicrafts too:
I was so thirsty and bought some sugar-cane juice. Ida & Inda bought this local delicacy and gave 1 to me:
It was some glutinous rice cooked inside the pitcher plant:
Inside it was some “serunding udang”:
It tasted quite similat to pulut panggang!
We went to Bau (pronounced Bauk) and had the mandatory visit to the Tasik Biru (literally means Blue Lake). :
Tasik Biru has some legend attached to it. It was formed from some gold mining activities conducted in the earlier years. Despite looking so serene, the lake is polluted with arsenic:
We later went to Kampung Haji Baki and visited a house that sells teak products/furniture where I bought this quran stand (rehal):
We finally arrived at the Kuching Airport for our departure back to KL.
The Serikin trip was made possible by the generosity of these two people, Ida & Madi from Pulapol Kuching:
Our rented iswara was certainly insufficient for the 5 of us so theycame with their Avanza to help ferry us around that day:
They refused to leave us until we actually walked through the airport security to the departure lounge.
We are indeed so grateful to them for their warm hospitality!! Ida & Madi, thank you again!!