During this day we continued exploration of the NUS campus, walked around Marina Bay, and had a quick look at the Gardens by the Bay. Towards the end of the day we were in rush packing up for Malaysia. Luckily, we arrived at the Changi airport just on time to catch our flight to the first destination – Kuching.
Kuching is the capital of the state of Sarawak. It is located on the Sarawak river on the Borneo island.
On the plane I met a local girl from Kuching who gave me some tips on which local food to try in town. On arrival at the airport I was impressed by the politeness and kindness of the Malaysian immigration officers. I was given advice to come again for the famous Rainforest Music Festival, and received wishes of the pleasant stay in Sarawak.
We took a taxi from the airport; the driver was nice and answered our questions about Kuching. We noticed his forefinger was in ink. As it turned out, this was a way of marking that someone voted during the election. This “election ink” was applied so as to avoid double-voting, and thus prevent cheating. We saw other people with their fingers in ink the following day.
After unpacking in the hostel we took a stroll towards the Sarawak river (“waterfront”) and had fried rice for dinner at a very local place. There were almost zero tourists at waterfront, which I liked a lot. Although the place was quite dirty, I enjoyed the atmosphere, with local youth sitting at the river, playing music, and having fun.
We came back at the hostel tired, and fell asleep soon.