Good morning!! Actually, no… it’s not morning but it sure feels extremely slow after an insanely hectic mayhem that brewed last night.
Everything is in slow motion as I type this in the cafe joint that I’m at right now – TommyBoy in Boulevard Mall, Kuching.
With my cuppa coffee and lots of hot green tea at Sushi King this morning, I guess this walking zombie is somewhat ready to blog a little bit of her journey to the sound – Mysterious World In Kuching, Sarawak.
All aboard the Kuching tales!
Thanks to Mysterious Asia for inviting me onto their media voyage to Borneo to be part of the second instalment of Mysterious Festival (first instalment in Platinum 21 KL – here), I made my way to KLIA2 in the wee hours of the morning to catch the early flight on a whole plane they chartered.
I dragged my long-time childhood buddy along with me. We go all the way back to when we were little kids in Penang!
Thank you so much for always being my blogging partner all these years!
Fab person to tag along with me on this media trip because after so many blog-related events working with me as my plus one, he doubles as my bodyguard, an awesome guardian angel (yes I can be quite absent-minded and aloof when I travel alone), and knows exactly what I want in stuff he assists me with.
Styleshot // Jessicat wears Forever 21 x H&M x Doc Martens x Pierre Cardin
Arrived at KLIA2 in approximately 33 minutes! Not bad at all.
Heading off to the terminal. Prepare for take off!
I must say that KLIA2 really made an impression on me.
It was humongous, tastefully designed and had all the retail, food & beverage as well as service outlets anyone could ask for in an airport.
Definitely better than LCCT, for obvious reasons.
Checking my flight details!
The check-in counters
As I didn’t have much sleep at all (I was up for two nights making sure all my work has been dealt with before my departure and all is in order in my absence), I drifted off to sleep automatically each time I could. It was a tad embarrassing because apparently, I was told that I sleep-talk.
Geez, in public? I must be really exhausted then.
This includes the 35 minute train ride and the two-hour flight!
I managed to snap a few shots in the plane – how could I not? The sight was too beautiful.
Soon after, I went back to snoozeland until we touched down.
The calm azure sky in the early morning.
Fluffly clouds and a wee bit of sunshine midway.
Oh Hi. Yeah, caught in action! Haha.
Arrived at Kuching International Airport and was greeted by the huge Mysterious World banner.
Sure feels good to stretch after a long flight!
Without wasting any time, we adjourned to our hotel, Hotel Imperial Kuching, via the media shuttle van. The hotel was really close by! We arrived at say, 15 minutes tops?
Here’s how my hotel looks. It’s really pretty and the service was close to excellent!
The staff were all very nice and accommodating too.
Part of the lobby – just in front of the hotel cafeteria.
The lobby lounge – for those who fancy dessert, light meals and a drink or two.
The main lobby – comfy couches for guests to lounge around or wait for their check-in time!
Thanks to Mysterious Asia’s efficient management, everything ran smoothly.
I got my room keys in a jiffy!
Check out some quick shots of my huge and comfy room.
Two double beds and in a full serviced room with a fridge, safety vault, cable TV and more!
Little couch beside my bed!
This was where I sat editing the event photos and preparing blog posts.
A little bit of the cosy furnishing and warm, incandescent lighting.
As we were scheduled to head to the event in the afternoon, Mysterious Asia management had us order anything we wanted from the in-room dining menu for lunch!
Here’s what we were served.
Lamb Shank in Black Pepper. Pretty decent; the meat was really flavourful and tender.
Also standard pasta fare; with a generous amount of chunky of minced beef!
Soon after we were fed with delicious lunch, we got ready to head off to Sarawak Cultural Village in Gunung Santubong where Mysterious World was about to unfold.
The journey was quite a distance; we took almost an hour to get there!
Arriving after a long bumpy ride (and a good solid hour of sleep!)
Registering with the rest of the media! Hello Sarawak!
I’m ready to be amazed at what you have to offer.
Up up and away!
Riding one of the metal cat constructs they have in the village. This is Kuching, after all.
For my non-Malaysian readers, Kuching translates to ‘cat’ in Bahasa Malaysia.
As the event was only going to kick-start at dusk, I decided to recce the entire area to familiarise myself with the rainforest lest I get lost in my own world tripping by nightfall. Always good to get your bearings adjusted in advance!
Oh hello, beautiful rainforest.
My little exploration found me some pretty interesting
traditional items which are now used for decorative purposes.
On the right is something used to catch fish back in the day while the thing on the left is supposedly to catch wandering spirits.
Our main hub!
Yep, that’s the media centre tucked away at a quieter location, with excellent WiFi connection, food and drinks to ensure that we were well fed with all our basic needs.
Yes, when you’re in this industry, INTERNET IS A BASIC NEED.
How else am I supposed to feed you with information, pictures, videos and report live from the scene? 😀
I was pretty intrigued by all the ‘angklungs’ hanging in the room. Such nostalgia!
We were taught how to play this as little children in junior school! It’s a traditional musical instrument made of wood.
This is the cafeteria where Mysterious Asia fed us with all day buffet and free-flow of drinks.
They kept us happy and our tummies full throughout the duration of the event!
Table decoration representing olden Sarawakian locals.
This recce turned into a very eye-opening experience as I not only managed to get my bearings in order for the rave event later, but this jungle exploration enlightened me so much about how the local Sarawakian folks lived back in the day.
I was exposed to their homes and activities… and was undoubtably, in awe learning about their tradition, culture and way of life.
Crossed the bamboo bridge too! This is actually just a demo.
The real one is suspended across a river! Yikes.
Yes, I must admit that I am a very curious cat and a lover of nature and culture at heart.
Ergo, such an experience fascinated me thoroughly!
That wraps up Part 1 of my MysteriousWorld journey so far.
I promise I’ll continue with what went down during the rave party last night when I blog about Part 2 the soonest I can! I even got to meet and interview a few of the main acts who performed. Do stay tuned!
Thank you, Sarawak for an interesting experience so far.
This is just the beginning!
In the mean time, you can stay with me on Instagram at @imthejessicat and my Facebook page Facebook.com/thejessicatdotcom for yesterday’s live updates and today’s ones when get to the rave zone!
Also, before I go, I’d like to say how pleased I was with such attentive and good care taken of us by Mysterious Asia’s management and representatives. Thanks so much!
They treated us media amazingly well and made sure we’ve got everything we needed. Kudos, thumbs up for a job well done so far!
Alright, I’ve got to run now. Bye! Will be back to continue real soon!
The first act I want to catch today are the Canadian big room/progressive house stars, DVBBS. Gotta make sure I’m fully ready for another night of mayhem and for my interview questions to be prepared.
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