Day 3 in Sarawak will be unfolded here, in this entry. This is continued from Sarawak, The Land Of Hornbills (Part 2)
So, on the third day in Sarawak, we went to Jong Crocodile Farm (JCF) and Anna Rais Hot Spring (ARHS). We first went to Orang Utan sanctuary, but by the time we got there, it was already 11-ish. They were closed for break and only opened again at 2. We didn’t wanna wait there for 3 hours, so we decided to go to JCF instead. Nothing interesting really, just bunch of lazy crocs laying there waiting to be fed. There was this show actually, it’s called Crocodile Jumping Show but it wasn’t that great too.
I went to this TripAdvisor site to actually find the name of the show (coz I already forgot the name), then I found this.
If you look at the date, that’s exactly one day after we visited the farm. She probably went there a day before Christmas too which was on 24th Dec, the same day we did. Because guess what? We did see the same dead peacock too! KakLong, KakNgah, Mila and myself were quite shocked to see it lying on the ground. I remember looking around to tell their workers about it, but no one to be seen. It was so frustrating to see all the thin and unhealthy birds there. They must have been thrown to the crocs once they’re dead. It was not a fun experience to me. I’m not planning to come back there again. I actually hate visiting most of the zoos/animal farms in Malaysia. They simply don’t prioritise the animal welfare and those animals mostly seem terrified and thin. Like the one I visited in Langkawi. The condition of the ostriches there was so sad. Bulu tak terjaga, ada yang bahagian badan ostrich tu xde bulu pun (gugur), and they were so hungry sampai gumpalan surat khabar pun makan. YES, BEFORE MY EYES! Kesian sangat..
The only fun animal farm/zoo that I had a chance to visit was at the Australia Zoo (Steve Irwin Zoo), Gold Coast. The workers were animal lovers, they took pride of what they did and they just simply loved their jobs. The animals there were their main priority and they took care of them very well. Why can’t the zoo management/workers in Malaysia be more like them? Take pride of your jobs and do it well. Janganla jaga haiwan sambil lewa je asal nak untung. The zoo workers in Australia Zoo once made me feel like quitting what I was doing and be a zoo worker too. Yeah, no kidding. They had fun in what they were doing and they had a very good team.
While we are at it, check out this cute video by the Australia Zoo workers.
So, back to JCF, it’s not a must-visit. Don’t go here if you’re an animal lover. You would just feel sad.
After an hour of not-so-fun experience in JCF, we went to Anna Rais Hot Spring. This was a spontaneous plan. It took almost an hour from the city to this place. It was really a nice remote place and I liked it.
Nama pun hot spring, so that’s all you can find here. You can have a picnic here and swim in the cold river, and when you have enough of the cold, you can suit yourself in the hot spring. As I said earlier, this was a spontaneous plan so we didn’t bring any extra clothes. My favourite moment here was when we all did the rock-skipping. I’ve never been good at it, but I was so proud that I managed to do 5 skips! Hubby did 7, Yas did 9 skips kot kalau x silap. Haha mine was just 5 tapi okay la tu. :-p
Before we went back to the city, some of the Sarawakians at the entrance offered us some durian hutan. It tasted slightly different from other durians out there.
We just managed to go to these two places, then we went back to the city. The kids were tired, I was tired myself. We hadn’t had lunch properly, so we thought of going back to the apartment, refreshed ourselves then headed to City One Mall for a pre-dinner, before makan besar at Top Spot Food (TSF) yoo-hoo! Remember, it was dark here sooner than it was in Peninsular. We went out at 6.00 and it was starting to get dark.
We planned of celebrating our Decemeber babies too (Ean, Aneeq and Danish) at the TSF so we bought a BR ice-cream cake, had a pre-dinner and off we went!
It was sooooo crowded at TSF! If you park your car at the basement car park, go to the lift and go straight away to Level 6. That’s where the TSF is. But during the holiday seasons, the lift is always full. If you have patience, then you can wait. If you don’t, just like me, then use the stairs. It is so much quicker. I kid you not.
After we recovered from our food attack and giving up our seats to some other families (memang sentiasa crowded kat sini), we then went to the Kuching Waterfront, to check out the city at night, as well as to take pictures with the famous Kuching landmark, the Cat Statues.
Exhausted already, we went back to the apartment and called it a night. Got some packing to do since it was almost the end of our holiday!
Will be continued in Sarawak, The Land Of Hornbills (Part 4), the last part of this vacation. 🙂