During my recent short trip to Kuching, I discovered lotsa new information.
Here are some of them...

Discovery # 1

Kuching is not really a Cat

It turns out that the name Kuching doesn't come from the Malay word for Cat (kucing) but most probably be a variation of Indian word for 'port' (Cochin) given by the early Indian traders. Hmm... Kuching folks, count your blessing. At least "Cochin" does resemble the word (sound) "Kuching" (cat) in Malay, resulting handful of the cute cat statues being erected around the city. Just imagine if it sounds like................. Nah.. never mind.. I love the Cat City (and their people) very much so I skipped the cruel jokes for later...

Discovery #2
This is not a cat's poo

Well: Ini apa?
Me: Manala saya tahu.
Well: Kenapa ada banyak dekat sini?
Me: Entah.
Well: Dekat Kuching je ada.
Me: Maybe it is a symbol?
Well: Simbol apa?
Me: Err.. Cat's poo???
Well: .. but why?
Me: How the h3ll am I supposed to know? Maybe it is sacred or something (this is before I knew that Kuching is actually Cochin, mind you)
Well: Owh.. ok.

It is not... and after a visit here

I found out that it is actually an Iban earring

Feeling like smacking Well's head. After all he is a pure Iban and after seeing the display he proudly admit "My grandmother has a pair that looks like the one we saw in the park last nite" Yeah right... I thought we both agree it is a cat's poo.

Moral of the story: Visit your local museum.

Discovery #3

I might have a blood connection with James Brooke!! the Rajah of Sarawak.

Just look at the nose!! It is wickedly the same.

Ops! Ops wait a minute. Here are some of the information they forgot to print in our Form 5 History Text book..

  • His mother, Anna Maria is the ILLEGITIMATE daughter of Scottish Colonel, William Stuart and his mistress, Harriott Teasdale. (naughty naughty)
  • James stayed in India until the age of 12 (maybe Cochin was his idea)
  • He ran away from his school in England.
Hmm... guess I don't really want to affiliate myself with a delinquent.

Discovery #4

It is worth taking turn (so to speak).

This is, my dear, a bed fit for a (horny) chinese man.. Look carefully, the bed has two chambers. The question is, where do you want to sleep tonight?

It must be very 'tiring' being a wealthy chinese man during those era. Ain't that right Mister Kapitan?

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