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Thursday, October 18, 2007

Something in Miri that beautiful


Canada Hill

Miri offers an array of exciting lifestyles.

Well-maintained public parks around the city are frequented by morning joggers anc evening strollers. Playgrounds, walkways and neatly trimmed gardens offer a relaxin famili enviorment.

Modern shopping complexes present one­stop shopping convenience in air­conditioned comfort.

Public and private facilities cater for hobbies and passions, premier among them is the well-equipped public library that serves as the venue for many cultural events.

Miri is surrounded by National Parks, sot within driving distance for day trips

Blowpipe demostration and competition

Bungai Beach

A day by the beach

Miri has a long, white beaches, well frequented on weekends. Luak Bay Esplanade is a meeting point for kite enthusiasts.

The beaches of Bungai and Peliau, less than an hour's drive from the city centre, offer different scenery. Local fisherman land their catches here; savvy housewives trun up at the right time to bargain for guaranteed fresh fish, prawns and other seafoods.

Miri beaches are idyllic, but it is wise to go observe a few elementary rules. Large amounts of sun can be harmful. It is advisable to use sunscreen and wear a hat, and it is not advisable to go to sleep under the full sun.

Luak Bay Esplanade

Jogging and Walking

Miri is not called the Resort City for nothing! The City Fan, a complex of elegantly landscaped parks, is ideal for jogging, walking or just strolling about.

The Bulatan Park is a favourite site for jogging inthe pleasant landscape with its lake.

Taman Awam Miri offers a lookout tower and a suspension bridge with 'traces' of the oil industry influenced structures.

Those too young to jog can find their rightful place in the well-equipped children's playground and a dip-pool.

First pic : Miri Golf Club; Second pic : Eastwood Valley Golf & Country Club


The Miri Golf Club, where the World's leading golfer, Vijay Singh used to be the pro, is open to visiting golfers. To book, call (6 085) 453039 or (6 085) 452455 (from 6.30am to 6.00pm).

The newer Eastwood Valley Golf & Country Club, designed by Nicklaus Golf Group Ltd. of San Francisco, is carved ou tfrom a forest site. Call (6 085) 472515 / 471775 or fax (6085) 471814 for bookings.

Public Swimming Pool

Swimming Pool

Miri's public swimming complex is located within the City Fan. It has two pools - one for general swimming and the other for training and are open daily.

There are a number of private swimming pools, open for members and guests. Sarawak's largest free form swimming pool is located at the Miri Marriott Resort and Spa.

Mandara Spa

Relaxation therapy

The Mandara Spa, located at the Miri Marriott Resort & Spa is a serene oasis that seems a world away from the pressures of life. It offers hydrotherapy and the whole gamut of spa services in an idyllic environment of cool water, flowers, and peace.

Numerous reflexology centres in the main shopping areas of Miri offer a cheaper but less luxurious alternative. Here, traditional reflexology therapy is performed by trained personnel for RM20.00 an hour.

Tennis and Gym

There are a number of private and public tennis courts for rent in and around the city centre.

Miri Gymphana Club and the better hotels also offer well-euipped gyms for those who prefer indoor workouts; these facilities are for members and guests only.

Miri Mountain Bike Club & Borneo Cup Yachting Challenge

Adventure Sports

Lambir Hills, Niah and Loagan Bunut National Parks offer abundant opportunities for soft adventure trekking in the tropical rainforests.

The headhunter's trail, leading from Gunung Mulu National Park to the Bario Highlands, offers complete satisfaction for the die-hard adventure seekers.

Mountain bikers will find the rurral area surrounding Miri an ideal terrain to hone their skills. The Miri Mountain Bike Club can provide information and assistance. Contact the club at (6 085) 423589.

The Miri Hash House Harriers regularly organise runs around the city and in nearby national parks. Contact the HHH at (6 085) 656797.

Yatching activity


The Miri Marina offers berthing, supply and maintenance and otehr facilitie for yatchts (

The Borneo Cup Yachting Challenge is becoming a 'Don't miss' date on the international yachting calendar. This race, coverin 100 nautical miles, is run from Labuan Isaland to Miri. Local regattas and social events at both ends of the track enliven the event.

The Sarawak Sailing Association based at the Piasau Boat Club, has its fleet of dinghies, ranging from the Optimists to Wayfarers, and offers training and races for its members.

Kenyalang Reef


The clear waters of Miri are an exciting, very accessible diving destination. Seasoned divers have affirmed that the magnificent marien life and coral reefs here are amongst the world's finest, some situated a mere 15-minute boat trip from town. Divers from Sarawak Shell Petroleum discovered these unique sites during underwater explorations in teh 1980s.

Popular dive sites include Barracuda point, Anemone Garden, Grouper Patch Reef, Atago Maru Wreck, and teh Seafan Garden. The Luconia area equals any top dive site in terms of diversity and visibility.

Miri's Tropical Dives offers day trips and longer excursions.

Call (6 085) 414300 for further information. Fish Eye Charter provides 'live-on-board' experience on longer trips to the offshore shoals. Please log on their website, for information and details.

In November 2004, a small rig was converted into an artificail reef. Underwater regulars have the unique opportunity of keeping an eye on the Kenyalang reef and witness how a reef grows!

Miri Reef Map

The Star Bowl

Bowling and Archery

Star Bowl Centre at level three of the Bintang Plaza features a 24-lane, fully computerized and automated.

This is Malaysia's first indoor archery, instructors stand by at King's Archery. All gears are avilable for rent, with special rates for students and members. The archery centre is open from 10.00am to 11.00pm daily. Contact (6085) 430141 for further details.


The Cineplex at Bintang Plaza caters for movie fans who want nothing but the near-life experience of the latest action thriller. Four screening rooms are available for patrons.

Curtin University of Technology

Higher Education

The Miri branch campus of Australia's Curtin University, opened in 1999, serves the needs of local and foreign students. Curtin University has a fine reputation as a dynamic and stimulating place of learning, and the Sarawak campus partakes in this tradition.

The diverse student's population makes campus life a learning experience in the cultural melting pot of Miri.

Sited on a 1,258-acre site, with a large man-made lake and th eparent university's signature brickwork buildings, Curtin offers world-class facilities and a home for students from across the glibe.

Miri IT Library

'Pustaka', the public library located within the Miri City Fan, stocks reference books, and offers electronic library facilities.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Arts and craft

Miri curio shops and markets stock a fascinating array of beautiful handicrafts that reflect the state's rich mutil-ethnic cultural heritage. There is a wide range of Orang Ulu products, as the homeland of these artistically gifted people lies in northern Sarawak.At the Miri Handicraft Centre at Jalan Brooke, all of Sarawak's handicrafts can be found under one roof. Craftsmen and women often ply their trade here, happy to chat with visiotrs and explain the details of their handiwork.

One unique feature of Sarawak crafts are beads. These colorful trinkets hae been used for centuries, not only for personal decoration but also as a form of currency, for dowries, and for spiritual purposes. The Orang Ulu are well known for their beadwork, such as their unique beaded baby carriers.Penan women plait distinctive black-and-white mats and basket, some so fine as to be almost waterproof! The Orang Ulu prefer natural colours for their mats, baskets and hats, enlivened by colourful glass beads.

Map of Sarawak