Sarawak is a jungle?

Posted by willie in Thoughts | 8 Comments

Many years ago, I was asked by a friend from Negeri Sembilan about Sarawak. His question was “Orang Sarawak masih tinggal dalam hutan kah?” (Do Sarawakians still live in jungles?) Oh well, I hope such question doesn’t spill anymore from the mouths of our young generation since google is on their palms and our Prime Minister’s frequent visit to Sarawak has opened the mind and eyes of our West Malaysian counterparts through TV. Furthermore, the increasing number of West Malaysians working in Sarawak has helped us to promote Sarawak at their respective states.

Although Sarawak is developing quite fast, some things worry me. And one of it, is the traffic. The roads here used to be quiet and peaceful but not today. These are usual scenes now, regardless or day and night.

Progress is good but there’s no harm in showing concern right? Well…I am concerned now. I hope better traffic system will be created before it’s too late for Kuching.

Tropicana Motorworld, Kuching

Posted by willie in Places | 13 Comments

It must be very exciting for Kuchingnites to have Tropicana Motorworld in Kuching, opposite our famous hotel, Four Points Sheraton. Before this, we’ve been reading and searching for high-powered bikes through Mudah.com.my and Tropicana Motoworld in West Malaysia is offering irresistible prices and services such as RM1 downpayment, free shipping to East Malaysia etc.

However, don’t be deceived. While the offers are true in West Malaysia, once the bikes reaches Sarawak, the prices are the same as others sold in other¬†motorcycle¬†dealers in Kuching. They can’t get away from marking up the prices due to transportation cost and asking for higher down payment, which might be due to the financial institution policies in Sarawak. So, let me show you the showroom of Tropicana Motorworld first, before writing further.

[A nice and welcoming replica inside the shop]

[They sell below 150cc bikes too]

[They also sell above 500cc bikes. This one is a Naza Blade 650 cc]

[At the time I was there, I saw all types of helmets on the shelves]

[Two bikers were inquiring the staff about bikes. I must say that the PR of the staff was excellent]

So, what to expect when you walked into Tropicana Motorworld Kuching?

1. A friendly service by the staff there.

2. You won’t be able to do trade-in business there. But they allow you to display your bikes in their shop, helping you indirectly to sell your bikes.

3. Some bikes need to be pre-ordered. Not all bikes are ready stock.

4. Don’t pay RM1 to them if you want to buy a bike. Hahaha!

5. Wanted to test drive the bikes there? Well, it depends on which bikes. Sometimes they allow you to test drive and sometimes they don’t. No worries, all you need to do, is just ask.

Orait. Have a nice day folks.

A ride to Simunjan town

Posted by willie in Events | 6 Comments

It was an awesome ride to Simunjan with 4 other bikers a few weeks ago. But it would be better if more bikers could join us that day. We gathered at 8 am in 10 mile but waiting for others to arrive were time consuming, because we ended up rolling out at 10 am.

[We also waited at the Dayak Cafe Samarahan but unfortunately none waited there. So, we moved on to Kota Samarahan town]

[We waited for 40 minutes at Kota Samarahan Ferry point because of the low tide. The ferry only made its move by 10.45 am]

[On the ferry, we met the Rolling Thunder group. They were headed to Asajaya town]

[After 30 minutes ride from the Kota Samarahan Ferry, we arrived at another Ferry point, Sg Buloh]

[And, a bridge is in the making; connecting Sadong Jaya to Sebuyau. Can you see barges building the pillars?]

[We reached Simunjan town after 40 minutes of riding from the Sg Buloh Ferry point and had lunch there]

[Our last stop was at Simunjan junction before heading back to Kuching]

In conclusion, the journey was tiring but fun.