Monday, 2 March 2015
Day three in Bintulu, most of the time I stayed in the hotel room, waiting for Fattah to come back from work. I managed to jot down things in my travel journal so that I would not forget things.
When Fattah came back from work, we went to eat at Sugarbun. Sugarbun is fast food outlet that you can find mostly in Borneo. My friend said there is one Sugarbun outlet in Batu Pahat. It is similar to KFC but it serves food to suit the locals' taste bud. We had Nasi Ayam Sambal, three-layer tea and three-layer coffee.
Then we stayed in the room because we had no car because Fattah's friend took the car to settle his personal business. He gave us the car in the evening, and as soon as we got the car, we went out to eat. We stopped at Sup Kawah. The soup was delicious! Here, I came to know Banana Bandung (milk mixed with syrup) and Banana Bandung Milo. Awesome drink these Bintulu people have!
After we filled our tummy, we went back to rest because yes, Fattah had to wake up early the next to to go to work.
Tuesday, 3 March 2015
My final day in Bintulu.
In the morning, I only stayed in the hotel room waiting for Fattah to come back from work. Then he rushed back at 1 PM and we checked out at 1:30 PM. Then we went to eat at Srikandi Cafe because I wanted to eat Mi Jawa Sarawak.
After lunch, we went to pray at Bintulu Mosque and later to the market called Pasar Tamu. The market is divided into a few sections; the first one is for the Chinese sellers, then there is the wet market. The wet market itself is divided into two; one is the general one and the other is for non-halal meat. Across the street located the dry market where you can see people sell traditional food of Sarawakians, ikan terubuk (dried salted fish), belacan (prawn paste), and other stuff. Next to it, across the street, you can find people selling fruits. Fattah said, if we come earlier, we might see people selling exotic food.
Then, we went to the seaside, took some photos, enjoyed the scenery and left for the airport. Usually in Peninsular Malaysia, you can find restaurants selling seafood at the seaside but in Bintulu, they enjoy chicken wings and chicken butt.
That day, my flight was supposed to be at 7:45 PM but it was delayed so I had to wait around 30 minutes before the flight took off. Luckily I bought some bread at a petrol station nearby so I was not that hungry in the flight because this time I did not pre-book any meal.
From my four days being in Bintulu, I can see that Bintulu is a developing town. Many people in oil and gas (O & G) industry swarmed inside Bintulu. I heard their pay is high which might be among the cause of high cost of living.
In Bintulu, you can actually find many people migrating from Peninsular Malaysia to Bintulu. They come because of their job, like Fattah, he is a teacher in Bintulu. There are also many Chinese living in town. You should see the old town of Bintulu, there are a lot of old buildings with Chinese company name on them and also a big Buddhist temple nearby Pasar Tamu which reflects the role of the Chinese in Bintulu. They could be the main people running the economy way before Bintulu became the place of industry.
Being in Bintulu is calming, it is not as busy as Kuala Lumpur or any place in Klang Valley, yet the cost of living would make you think more than twice to live and settle there.
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