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Sibu and the Rumah Nyuka Homestay Product Experience

Sibu and the Rumah Nyuka Homestay Product Experience

Sibu is the gateway to central Sarawak, a town rich with culture and tradition, embraced on all sides by nature. It offers many charms, both on the outskirts of the town and within. Spanning just 129.5km², the town is located at the meeting of the Rajang and Igan rivers. The majority of the population are Chinese, mainly Fuzhou, with other ethnic groups like Melanau, Malay and Iban as well. Together, they live in harmony carrying out their cultural traditions and appreciating the traditions of one another.

During this product experience trip, the group was able to visit some traditional and organic food producers only found in Sibu, enjoy a night of breathtaking cultural dance performance at the Sibu International Dance Festival, see the historical and scenic landmarks as well as spend some time in an authentic Iban longhouse at the Rumah Nyuka homestay.

 

Day 1: Food, How It’s Made and a Dance Show

 

 TYC Goat Livestock Sdn. Bhd.

Owned by the Tang family, the TYC Goat and Livestock Farm is located 45km off the Oya Road (on the Sibu-Bintulu highway).

They first began livestock farming in 2003 on 35 hectares of land, and today they are home to goats, cows, turkeys and other livestock. Their aim is to promote awareness on loving, caring for and protecting the environment through environmentally friendly methods of rearing animals and planting crops.

Family touring the goat pen

Turkeys at the farm

Visiting families touring the farm, with a goat accompanying them
Cows at the farm

 

The farm provides opportunities for visitors to take a tour of the farms, including school trips and tourists.

The farm produces an assortment of dairy based products, especially goat milk. 70% of their sales are in fresh milk while 30% gets produced into other byproducts like soap and ice cream. They also produce coconut pudding, which is handmade and contains no preservatives, additives or coloring.

 

Goat milk ice cream

Fresh goat milk samples

Coconut pudding served inside a coconut.

Soaps derived from goat milk and other organic ingredients like sago, rosehip and charcoal

 

A display of the different soaps produced by the TYC farm

 

The Sua Longevity Noodles (Foochow mee)

Sibu is famous for its foochow dishes, and one of the most famous is the Mee Sua Longevity Noodles.

The noodles are made of wheat flour, powdered lime, salt and water, and while many of the noodles you can buy in the stores are now factory produced, there is one man who keeps the mee sua noodle traditions alive.

Located at located at 6 ½ miles, Jalan Oya, 96000 Sibu, Mr. Ting Cheng Sieng and his wife produce 25 to 30 kg of raw noodles daily, with optimum weather conditions.




Fine noodles being hung out under the sun to dry.

The preparation of the mee sua noodles.

 

These handmade noodles are in high demand throughout Sarawak, prepared in the traditional way. Demonstrations on his technique can be organized, contact Ting Cheng Sieng (012 8531701) for more details.

 

Permai Lake Garden

The lake garden was opened in 2002 with scenic lake (developed by National Landscape department) that spans 11 acres. It is located at 5th mile Oya road in housing estate of Permai.


Every year, this lake holds a remote control boat race that brings remote control boat enthusiasts together, but every other day of the week it is a serene location with good photo opportunities and scenic views.

 

Empawah fruit and vegetable Farm

The Empawah Fruit and Vegetable Farm is on the outskirts of Sibu and Greatown Travel have proposed 6-8km tours via two ferries crossing the Igan river from Sibu town to the farm.



  

Sg Merah LED Night Market

The Sungai Merah LED Night Market is a sight to behold, offering a nice location to go shopping for cheap souvenirs as well as beautiful backdrops for photos.

 





 

Sibu International Dance Festival

The Sibu International Dance Festival takes place at the Sibu Civic Centre and the Ku Tien Memorial Park in Sibu every year. Dedicated to presenting a world-class celebration of the dance arts by creating timeless and adventurous productions that stimulate arts education, foster economic growth, and unite dancer and audiences.

The festival was privately debuted in 2012 at Sibu, Malaysia. Four international dance groups has participated in the 2013 edition of the festival, attracting groups from Lithuania, Southern Thailand, Singapore and local groups. Indoor and outdoor performances will be held throughout the festival.

 




While filming and photography were not allowed in the Dance Festival, the entire event proved to be a  breathtaking experience for all in the team. It was certainly a highlight for those who appreciate performing arts.

 

Day 2: Paradom and the Rumah Nyuka Homestay

 

Jetty Paradom

Jetty Paradom is a historical landmark in Sibu, bustling with people who travel to and from Sibu by boat and ferry since 20 years ago. The shops lining the jetty was built in 1954.

You can drink coffee at the kopitiams (coffee shops) next to the river, go prawn fishing or view fireflies at night.

 




 

Homestay Rumah Nyuka

Rumah Nyuka Homestay, Lubuk Lemba in Sarikei District is located 85 KM from Sibu (17KM from Sibu – Kuching junction) and was built in 1955. It first opened its doors as a Homestay  in March 2011. Now, 19 “Bileks” of families are registered as Trained Homestay Operators.

Also known as one of the oldest longhouses in Sarikei District with about 300 people from 45 families living under one roof, the Nyuka longhouse is a unique opportunity for visitors to experience their hospitality and nature.

Among popular activities for visitors to this longhouse are trekking to the nearby waterfalls, and of course, learning the ways of life for the local Iban people.

The waterfalls are relatively easy to reach, ranging from 30 to 60 minutes, and are a great reprieve from the day heat, especially after a trek through the jungle.

  

As for experiencing the Iban lifestyle, you can join in on the fun in the ruai (the main hall of the longhouse) or see how the Iban cultivate pepper on the nearby hills and other farm products, as well as how they process it.

 

The longhouse has its own exhibit, boasting everything from the smoked heads from the bygone era of when Headhunting was still frequent, old gongs collected over the years in the longhouse, earthenware pots and household appliances, intricately woven mats and traditional costumes.

  

 

 

 

 

The longhouse people also sell an assortment of handicrafts including jungle products made from bamboo and ratan, woven products, jewelry and accessories and recycled products.

 

 

 

All in all, the journey was a memorable 2 days, spanning across Sibu and Sarikei, and offered a glimpse into the traditional ways of the people, the environmental closeness of the different races to the land, and the rich culture of the different people that can be found in central Sarawak.

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Tapestry 2011

December 29, 2011 during 1:30 pm

There are many things about a earth and a vital things that never destroy to constraint a seductiveness and attention. One good instance is a mindfulness that many people have per furious animals, in sold a approach they pierce about in a jungle. Many inspirations have been subsequent from that one elementary act, for instance incorporating animal-like movements into dances like a lion dance or a normal Indian folk dance famous as a Peacock dance.

ASWARA students behaving a ‘Datun Julud’. This is a normal dance of a Kenyah clan in Sarawak

The Peacock Dance is a dance that mimics a movements and picture of a peacock

Joget Gamelan Timang Burung dan Ketam Renjong

Tapestry 2011 by a National Academy of Arts, Culture and Heritage (ASWARA) is a array of performances that was shaped with a goal of showcasing Malaysian normal dances to a public. Each opening customarily starts with investigate on a origins of a dance and a uniqueness. As many of these dances were not scrupulously documented in a past, researchers mostly face a lot of problems when it comes to last a tangible stairs and dance movements concerned in any of these normal dances. This year’s opening concentrates on normal dance desirous by animals. Each of these performances shows a creativity of a choreographer and a dance creator, both of that are obliged for formulating such extraordinary dance routines.

The normal dance called ‘Ketam Bawa Anak’ is a repertoire of tarian Terinai

The normal dance famous as ‘Penyu Menangis’ is customarily achieved when a turtles come ashore to lay their eggs

This dance is called Ikan and it is formed on a normal pitch in China, that of that is a fish

The Tapestry 2011… Inspirasi Alam Haiwan was hold during ASWARA’s Panggung Eksperimen from a 22nd compartment 26th November. The opening showcased 14 brief normal dances incorporating animal movements. For example, Datun Ulud is a normal dance of a Kenyah clan in Sarawak, Malaysia. This dance was invented as a pitch of complacency dedicated to a God of Thanksgiving and was once achieved to applaud a warriors’ lapse from hunting. This dance is routinely achieved by women usually and a performers will wear a ‘Kirip’ (a palm emblem done by a feathers of a Hornbill) on their hands when they dance.

The Labi-Labi dance is a Malay folk dance that is renouned in Rompin and Pekan, Pahang

The Ketam Bangkang is an Orang Asli from a encampment of Bakar Batu, Johor Bahru and is desirous by a daily activities of a Orang Asli

The dance famous as ‘Kuda Pasu’ is routinely achieved during weddings and Tamu festival in Kota Belud, Sabah

There was also a Peacock Dance, that is indeed a dance that imitates a movements and actions of a peacock. Dancers wear a dress done out of peacock feathers so that it looks like a peacock’s sight when a dancer expands it and another Chinese dance desirous by a fish’s movements. Other performances embody a Kuda Pasu, that is a dance by a Bajau clan in Kota Belud, Sabah. This dance highlights a tribe’s imagination in horse-riding and is mostly achieved during weddings and Pesta Tamu in Kota Belud.

The categorical purpose of dancing a ‘Tarian Anak Tedung’ was indeed to heal any illnesses relating to poison, generally from lizard bites

This lovable dance famous as ‘Tari Pelanduk’ tells a story of how a kings hunt mousedeers in a jungle

Hanuman Salor is a dance that was combined by dual Zapin dancers who displayed dancing movements desirous by furious monkeys in a area

For some-more cinema of a opposite forms of dances achieved during a event, greatfully record on to a Facebook page during http://www.facebook.com/malaysiadotcom

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The Secret Life of Nora

September 28, 2011 during 12:00 pm

Istana Budaya’s play for Oct starts early, starting on on a 29th of Sep 2011. The play, entitled The Secret Life of Nora, offers an engaging grounds and combines several iconic elements of a Malaysian 60s, including a low-pitched theatre, outlandish 60s outfits and attitudes, and a singular Malaysian brew of easterly and west popularised by Malaysian icons such as P Ramlee and Saloma. The play also adds a lurch of general intrigue, and manages to marry together a stream amicable emanate with a attempted and tested womanlike fatale view judgment to furnish what promises to be a charming and interesting low-pitched spectacle.

The Secret Life of NORA

The Secret Life of NORA

The play is set in a charming epoch of a 60s and focuses on a life of a immature lady named Nora. The immature lady shortly discovers there is many some-more to life than what glitters, and is thrown into a web of bootleg activities, an hapless bequest of her defunct father, that leads her to strike a discount with Interpol to spin a view for a group to save herself and her theatre.

Being a abounding and spoilt dancer, Nora of march knows zero about espionage and her training during a hands of Ashok, Interpol’s best spy, sets a stage for some of a play’s many noted moments. Will sparks fly between these dual sum opposites? Of march they will. But how will all spin out for Nora? Find out this Oct during Istana Budaya.

For some-more information, greatfully revisit a Istana Budaya’s central website.

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8th Kua Bu Dance Showcase

September 15, 2011 during 2:00 pm

Dance performances are mostly an knowledge to watch, generally when a learned dancer is performing. Dance is a middle that expresses but words, regulating a movements of a physique as ways to communicate a summary or idea. As such, a dance opening is means to plead really opposite responses in a people who watch it, and distinct something that is created in words, it is not required for a dance to indeed have a summary during all.

8th Kua Bu Dance Showcase

8th Kua Bu Dance Showcase – Wandering Within

The Kwang Tung Dance Company, a prolonged determined internal dance unit in Kuala Lumpur, is hosting a dance opening this 16th, 17th and 18th of Sep during klpac. Entitled a 8th Kua Bu Dance Showcase ‘Wandering Within’, a opening celebrates a beauty of living, and explores a several rhythms in life by a array of dance and artistic movements by a company’s dancers. The opening also showcases a transcendant inlet of dance, being both pleasing and strong, and uses it as an analogy for life.

Performances start during 8:30pm on 16th and 17th September, while there is a students usually opening during 3pm 17th September. An invitation usually eventuality will be hold on 18th Sep 2011 during 3pm. Tickets are labelled during RM35 for adults and RM25 for students, comparison adults and a disabled. Those who are meddlesome in purchasing a tickets can hit klpac during 03 4047 900 / 9010 or travel in to klpac during Sentul Park. For some-more information, greatfully record on to klpac’s website here.

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