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n6688my
05-08-2006, 06:41 PM
I'll be moving to Kuching in 6 months time. Anyone from Kuching ? can share the kind of life i will be experiencing? Thanks

castlegard
06-08-2006, 02:32 AM
Life in Kuching (http://www.journeymalaysia.com/MC_kuching.htm)

Hope that helps.

Cheers

CG

simon_tan
06-08-2006, 05:11 AM
Have a great time... think of us, sarawakians, away from home and our food.

n6688my
07-08-2006, 04:13 AM
my west malaysian international passport has expired. do i need to renew it to enter sarawak? or just Mycard will do?

simon_tan
07-08-2006, 11:31 AM
You MUST apply for an East Malaysian visa (Blue color) at your nearest Sarawakian embassy in Kuching, after you renew your West Malaysian 'international' passport.

On the other hand, if you have a fully activated, endorsed by East Malaysian customs and immigration authority on your Mycard, you may enter for a short period.


my west malaysian international passport has expired. do i need to renew it to enter sarawak? or just Mycard will do?

n6688my
08-08-2006, 02:34 AM
thanks for your info, simon.

so i need to renew my passport in KL(or can i renew it in Kuching?), then go to Kuching to apply for East Malaysian Visa (i hope its hassle-free, any requirements for the Visa?). How long can i stay in Kuching then?

how does a "a fully activated, endorsed by East Malaysian customs and immigration authority on your Mycard" look like? how to activate it? How short is the period?

simon_tan
08-08-2006, 03:04 AM
My apologies. Any mykard holder can enter East Malaysia, since it is part of Malaysia too, even the bits on the west. You only need to get a work permit if you intend to work there.

A Malaysian International passport can also be used, but not necessary (if one has a mykard)

Have a great time in East Malaysia, you will enjoy it there.

totoro
08-08-2006, 09:42 AM
kuching life is great... a bit quieter, less nightlife, shopping malls... less living costs... with airasia u'll be flying back and forth a lot i expect...

mon
08-08-2006, 10:45 AM
Have been to Kuching once. Yeah, it is more serene and peaceful..kinda like Seremban town, but even quieter. Love the Sarawak Laksa and kon lou mee.

And the fresh air.

GreyShadow
08-08-2006, 04:53 PM
Aiyo~ where can compare Kuching to Seremban town... it's more like Penang but not that pack lar...

Got yummy food everywhere too... but don't expect to see your typical KL dark wantan mee there, must try the Kolo mee!!

And also never claim the sarawak laksa is actually KL's curry laksa, you might get bashed up for that comment :p

Btw, you don't need a passport to enter East M'sia, that era has been long gone.
Now you only need a valid IC, that's all.
For working there is not that strict anymore, they don't care if you're local or from anywhere. If you got skills, then you're hired :D

kwchang
08-08-2006, 05:16 PM
Just remember one thing, the very small population makes Kuching a lousy place to set up large departmental stores because it is just not economical to have a warehouse setup for supplying retail products for a tiny population. Hence my sister-in-law and her family goes on a mad shopping spree whenever she comes home to KL ... mainly because there isn't any of the good and branded stuff available in East Malaysia. However, I was made to understand that they have a lot of 'submarine' electronic goods which are cheaper than what you can get in West Malaysia. Hence, you win some and you lose some.

By the way, my opinion is that Kuching is one of the BEST towns for retirement - clean well maintained streets, no traffic jams, easy-going lifestyle. It is even better than Ipoh. I find that the people live mainly in semi-detached homes and almost everyone have a 3rd car (usually an MPV) for weekend getaways. Oh, by the way, the airport is only 10 minutes away - no one needs to rush for the planes.

PeterHng
08-08-2006, 10:43 PM
My apologies. Any mykard holder can enter East Malaysia, since it is part of Malaysia too, even the bits on the west. You only need to get a work permit if you intend to work there.

A Malaysian International passport can also be used, but not necessary (if one has a mykard)

Have a great time in East Malaysia, you will enjoy it there.

If I remember correctly, u'd b issued an automatic 3-month visa and after dat u've got to leave already. not sure whether they've changed dat. so every 3 months u got to either leave for west m'sia or go to Brunei for holidays or labuan..

pcyeoh
08-08-2006, 11:18 PM
I was once a guest of a businessman in Kuching and was there on a business trip. In fact, he was originally from Miri and had businesses in everything and was everywhere. His handphone number has so many zeros that I lost count of it. Everywhere he took me in his sparkling BMW 7 Series, everybody seemed to know him though he was only 30 years old at that time. Even when he took me to a dandut discotheque, the Indonesians knew him. Either Kuching must be a damn small town or his bright yellow BMW is the only one in town or he must be a big taikor. Unfortunately, I only knew him as Calvin. Sorry girls, he already has a family.

GreyShadow
09-08-2006, 10:58 AM
bright yellow 7 Series Bimmer in kuching? hehe.. I think that's the one and only one in Kch. But too bad I dunno who the hell he is too :p



mainly because there isn't any of the good and branded stuff available in East Malaysia

Err... when was the last time you're there in Kch? If you make this statement 15 years ago it might be true, but now if you ask me about the so called "good and branded stuffs" you're looking for, I can tell u where to find the best bargain in Kuching! :D
Except Ikea lar... we don't have that yet :p

Usually east m'sian coming over here for shopping spree is bcos overall the cloth & apparells here is relatively cheaper compared to Kch. Bcos whatever things shipped from here to Kch will incur some shipping cost, which will be added to the final price of the products. If you read the newspaper, you'll see there's 2 different price for East & west M'sia.

Food & eletrical goods are generaly cheaper than west m'sia. So the overall cost of living is much cheaper if compared to KL. Electrical goods are cheaper bcos of what kwchang has said, a lot of "submarine" goods :p

Electrical and water bill you'll have to pay extra more compared to KL. S'wak has their own state owned electrical company which is call Sesco, and their own waterboard. I dunno how much is the tarrif but I only know it's more expensive to use the S'wak's water & electricity.

For housing, condos are starting to get popular, but most of those who stays in a condo usually are expat or non east M'sian. The locals there still prefered landed property, which is much cheaper and bigger if you compare it with KL pricing.
A semi-D of about 3000-4000ft, which is located only 15 minutes drive from city center will cost you around RM350K only.

Road tax & petrol are slightly cheaper in S'wakt too, that's why you can see many big cars like CRV, MPV, 4WDs on the road. Generally you won't get any traffic jams, except during rush hours at some major roads.

Another thing is not to confuse the locals natives in S'wak with the "local bumi" in west M'sia. The locals in S'wak are majority of Ibans, Bidayuhs, Kenyas, Melanaus & etc... They might look like malays, but they are not! and most of them are christians, and generaly are a lot more friendly and warm compared to the "locals" here.

Chinese temples & churches are abundant around the Kuching area, bcos majority of Kch citizen are chinese. Don't be suprise if one day when you attended a chruch mass and you found out it's conducted in BM! :D
Indian temples and mosque are a bit rare, but you see one big nasional mosque just at the city center, beside the Brooke's shipyard. So you won't be awaken up early by the loud morning prayer in your neighbourhood. :D

Taxis there are not that common on the road, and they usually hangs around the hotspot like hotels and airport only. They are not using meter system too, and so you'll have to bargain with them for the best fare.

Cantonese is a no go over there. Mandarin is generally understood by all chinese there, but the most common dialect spoken is hokkien & hakka. But the hokkien there is not like the penang hokkien or KL hokkien, it's more like penang hokkien but not the same. Same thing with the hakka too, spoken Hakka usually is hopoh style.

PeterHng
09-08-2006, 11:07 AM
If I remember correctly, u'd b issued an automatic 3-month visa and after dat u've got to leave already. not sure whether they've changed dat. so every 3 months u got to either leave for west m'sia or go to Brunei for holidays or labuan..

Sarawak is the only state in the whole of Malaysia federation that has their roads with chinese characters!!! Not sure whether they still have it. The last I went was in mid 90s.. Been there quite a number of times for business.. Kuching, Mukah, Bintulu, Miri, Limbang (interesting place to go to with twin otter planes.. :)) etc... hehe...

totoro
09-08-2006, 03:52 PM
If we're talking population - PJ had a population of about 350k in 2000, but shot past 1.5 million in 2004 (Google stats). Kuching stopped growing many moons ago, and afaik is steady at about half a million residents. Most development and growth has long since moved on to other areas in Sarawak, such as Miri and a plethora of rural districts.

I guess it depends on which group of people you mix with, but those I know usually have only 1 car per family, and it's typically a Proton. But, it's not surprising to see others with 3 or 4 luxury cars here and there as well.

lynndhia
10-08-2006, 12:40 AM
read kennysia here (http://www.kennysia.com/archives/distinctively_kuching/) for a lighter side of kuching from his viewpoint :D

n6688my
11-08-2006, 06:37 PM
I'm impressed!! after reading all your posts, Kuching sounds like paradise on earth.

I wonder if life in Sibu, Miri or even Labuan is as good as Kuching. is Labuan a good place to start a new life?

Jaytea
12-08-2006, 07:15 PM
kuching plays host to 2 of m'sia's most popular bloggers
www.kennysia.com
www.sixthseal.com
check em out

n6688my
26-08-2006, 03:55 PM
I'm impressed!! after reading all your posts, Kuching sounds like paradise on earth.

I wonder if life in Sibu, Miri or even Labuan is as good as Kuching. is Labuan a good place to start a new life?

anybody can share? any from sibu or miri or labuan?