Monday, 28 March 2011

discover kuching a FUN way

and see the city by bicycle in half a day in a fun and exciting way.

available to guests of kuching only.

bring your camera and hire a bicycle from ‘borneo bicycle hire’, tun jugah,
follow a set of simple clues using a map (both provided) and visit a carefully
selected choice of interesting sights in the historic city of kuching.

visit some secret delights on your journey, spend some time browsing,
become familiar with the fascinating history and cultural diversity of kuching
and return with a selection of unprocessed photos to claim your free gift.

a very special ½ day rate of RM20 is all it costs.

to register, call 019 4844 393 for a booking.

new and exciting—register today, bookings taken.

! ! ! ! discover kuching in a FUN way every day ! ! ! !

zero-emissions vehicle: The Bicycle!

According to recent studies (see references at: ), the greenhouse effect, which is the warming produced as greenhouse gases trap heat, plays a key role in regulating Earth's temperature. Rising carbon dioxide (CO2) levels have been the primary cause of global warming since 1950. Every gallon of gasoline burned produces 20 pounds of CO2 so it’s no surprise that fossil fuel combustion is the most significant factor in the increase in CO2 levels.
Enter the zero-emissions vehicle: The Bicycle! This seems to us to be a no-brainer – that all efforts to slow and even reverse climate change must include replacing motorized trips with bicycles. Unfortunately this is not the case. The bicycle advocacy movement has hit surprising barriers when trying to offer our expertise to officials and even environmental organizations who, instead of advocating for zero emissions trips through bicycling and walking, are spending enormous amounts of money on creating “low” emissions vehicles.
While these efforts to lower emissions of motorized trips are certainly a part of the solution, they do not take into account the amounts of fossil fuels and energy needed to provide for motorized travel:
  • Energy to produce and salvage motor vehicles
  • Fossil fuels used in tires, motor oil and plastics for motor vehicles
  • Fossil fuels used in paving and maintaining roads and parking areas
Until we focus our efforts on replacing motorized trips with zero-emissions bicycling and walking trips we will be missing the most effective means of stemming climate change. One Street looks forward to lifting bicycling to the level it deserves in climate change discussions. 


Saturday, 26 March 2011

your Weekend cycling flicks!....

These films aren’t your standard video fare of bikes jumping off cliffs, guys riding wheelies for miles at a time or groups of spandex clad men racing over hill and dale either. No, these are major releases staring some very famous actors and actresses. Some are even Academy Award Winning productions! Some are made with small budgets with actors you have never heard of.  Some are made here in the United States while others are from Canada, Great Britain, China and France. Some are cheesy while others very poignant. But all really are simply incredible in their own ways!
Leading off this is :
This film is “The Flying S

The Flying Scotsman
The true story of Graeme Obree, the Champion cyclist who built his bicycle from old bits of washing machines who won his championship only to have his title stripped from him and his mental health problems which he has suffered since.

The Triplets of Belleville
When her grandson is kidnapped during the Tour de France, Madame Souza and her beloved pooch Bruno team up with the Belleville Sisters–an aged song-and-dance team from the days of Fred Astaire–to rescue him.

Pee Wee's Big Adventure
Eccentric man-child Pee-Wee Herman embarks on the big adventure of his life across the US mainland, as he sets out to find his beloved bike, when it is stolen in broad daylight.

Jack Casey used to be a hot-shot stock market whiz kid. After a disastrous professional decision, he joins a speed delivery firm which relies on bicycles to avoid traffic jams of San Francisco.

BMX Bandits
Two BMX expert bikers and a friend of theirs become entangled with a group of bank robbers after discovering a carton of walkie-talkies.

2 Seconds
Laurie, an ex-professional downhill racer returns to Montreal and begins to see what she has to do to make things better for herself.

Bejing Bicycle
A seventeen-year-old country boy working in Beijing as a courier has his bicycle stolen, and finds it with a schoolboy his age.

Breaking Away
A small-town teen obsessed with the Italian cycling team vies for the affections of a college girl.

Sunday, 20 March 2011

Photo of Macaques

Your host at the Sama Jaya Forest Park welcomes you....there are of the crab-eating Macaque tribe......

Nature Reserve Cycling Track

An area of about roughly 18 hectares consisting mostly of Kerangas (a type of tropical moist forest found on the island of Borneo), it is one of the very few areas of virgin forest still intact within the outskirts of the Kuching city urban core. It is managed by the Sarawak Forest Department. Located within the suburb of Tabuan Jaya, The Sama Jaya Forest Park emphasizes a very strong wilderness theme where all facilities and activities are integrated into the existing natural forest environment. The cycling track itself weaves around trees and under the cover of canopies providing cyclist a safe, peaceful and scenic ride. If you listen you can hear monkeys crashing through the tree branches as they played and search for food. The chorus of cicadas completes the auditory symphony.   

The Hiroshima-Sarawak friendship garden is another unique attraction at the park. This traditional Japanese garden, complete with a teahouse is developed collaboratively with the forest department of Hiroshima Prefecture and the Hiroshima Landscape Archictecture Association of Japan to symbolize the close friendship between the peoples of the two states.

Getting or cycling there is easy as it is less than an hour's cycling from Kuching and since the park are open at 0630am, you can have an early start with the cool misty morning air caressing and beckoning you onwards. You can visit Borneo Bicycle Hire the evening before, and hire and bring the cycles along with you without any additional charges. 

Sama Jaya Forest Park

Gunung Mulu National Park

Friday, 18 March 2011

Padawan Nature Challenge

It a cycling and trekking eco-challenge that runs through terrain in the height of Borneo Highland. 


Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Kuching city's essential cycling routes....

Forget buses, taxis, motorbikes or just plain walking - if you want to know Kuching up close and personal while having some fun and tones up physically, cycling is a fantastic option to ponder on. 
The best part is that you can have a really good time without it costing an arm and a leg - especially with your fellow travel buddies along for the ride. 

All you need for a day out on Kuching's cycle routes are your wheels, a helmet, water and perhaps a snack. 
Once you know where to begin, you'll be amazed at how many enjoyable rides there are to explore. Here's some must do cycling trips for you to explore. All you need the most of is lots of enthusiasm and an open mind.  
The majority are scenic routes, not much traffic than say, Bangkok or Kuala Lumpur, and pass through villages, suburbs, along beaches, undulating mountain roads and via breathtaking lookouts. 

Visit Borneo Bicycle Hire kiosk at the Tun Jugah Mall and they can arrange for transportation of both cyclist and bicycles to the starting point of your choice. They also have good road maps available with insurance if you don't already have one yourself. 

Top 5 places to consider:

  1. Bako National Park
  2. Sarawak Cultural Village
  3. Sarawak Museum
  4. Sarawak State Legislative Assembly Building
  5. Semenggoh Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre
Sights in Kuching
* Sight of considerable significance
** Sight of major significance
  1. Astana
  2. Bangunan Mahkamah Syariah Kuching
  3. Borneo Convention Centre Kuching *
  4. Brooke Memorial
  5. Carmelite Church
  6. Cat Museum
  7. Central Police Station
  8. Chinese History Museum
  9. Civic Centre *
  10. Fort Margherita *
  11. General Post Office *
  12. Guan Thian Siang Ti Temple
  13. Gurdwara Sahib Sikh Temple
  14. Japanese Building
  15. Kampung Annah Rais Bidayuh Longhouse
  16. Kuching Courthouse *
  17. Kuching International Airport
  18. Kuching State Mosque *
  19. Kuching Waterfront *
  20. Kueh Seng Onn Temple
  21. Muzium Islam Sarawak
  22. Old Fire Brigade Station Lookout Tower
  23. Old Market of Kuching
  24. Pavilion (Textile Museum)
  25. Riverside Kampung
  26. Round Tower *
  27. Sama Jaya Nature Reserve
  28. Sarakraf Pavilion
  29. Sarawak State Legislative Assembly Building **
  30. Sarawak Museum **
  31. Square Tower *
  32. Sri Srinivasagar Kaliamman Temple
  33. Tua Pek Kong Temple *
  34. Tun Abdul Razak Hall
35. Day Trip from Kuching
36.  ·  Bako National Park
37.  ·  Damai Beach
39.  ·  Gunung Penrissen
40.  ·  Gunung Santubong
41.  ·  Gunung Serapi
44.  ·  Lundu
46.  ·  Santubong
47.  ·  Sematan
49.  ·  Serian
51.  ·  Telok Melano
55. Sights at the Sarawak Cultural Village
56.  ·  Bidayuh Longhouse
57.  ·  Chinese Farmhouse
58.  ·  Iban Longhouse
59.  ·  Malay Townhouse
60.  ·  Melanau Tall House
62.  ·  Penan Hut
63. Historical Roads in Kuching
64.  ·  Barrack Road
65.  ·  Carpenter Street
66.   ·  Main Bazaar