Posted by: iamlillian | December 31, 2008

Kuching – my hometown

Most of my childhood memories appeared back in my thoughts today as we drove past our old house which we stayed for 10 years. Driving past familiar places in Kuching today brought back many memories. 🙂
So, here i would like to recall and share a bit about this beautiful city -Kuching, the place where i grew up.
A bit about Kuching:
The capital city of Sarawak, Kuching, gets its name from a small river that no longer visible which once rose from the hill called Mata Kuching where trees known as mata kuching (not mata pusa) were found and its fruits said to resemble mata kuching (cat’s eyes). This simply shows how intricate the relationship between man and his rivers is in Sarawak.

The origins of the city’s name have never been clear. “Kuching” does translate into “cat” in Malay  and “kuching” is an old Malay spelling. However, the new official Malay spelling today would be “kucing,” but both of them are pronounced the same. There is a separate theory whereby it may actually be a variation of the Indian name for “port” – “Cochin”. Kuching was first settled by Indian traders who set up base at Santubong. Artifacts of Hindu origin can today be seen at the State Museum.

The city has never been noted for having a significantly large population of cats. In fact, the many cat statues, the Kuching Cat Museum (love to visit it) and other association with cats have been largely a recent phenomenon, part of a modern effort of tourism. Many travel brochures refer to Kuching as “Cat City” or the “City of Cats”.

The climate in Kuching is tropical, moderately hot and receives substantial rainfall. The average annual rainfall is approximately 4,000 mm or 160 inches. Kuching is the wettest city in Malaysia. The wettest times are during the North-East Monsoon months of November to February. The temperature of Kuching ranges from 20 °C (68 °F) to 36 °C (97 °F) but the average temperature is around 23 °C (73 °F) in the early hours of the morning and rises to around 32 °C (90 °F) in the mid afternoon.

it rained this afternoon

it rained this afternoon

 Somehow, i enjoyed listening to the rain.

The population of 579,900 (2006 census; Kuching City South – 143,500; Kuching City North – 133,600; Padawan- 3rd Mile/ 7th Mile/ 10th Mile – 302,800) is made up of Chinese (220,400), Malays (207,000), Ibans (58,100), Indians and other ethnic groups. The Dayaks, the grouping of local indigenous tribes, can be categorized into Ibans, Bidayuhs, Melanaus and Orang Ulu, among others. The Chinese are made up of Fujianese (Hokkien) in the city areas and Hakka in the suburbs mainly. Other Chinese consist of Foochow (Fuzhou), Teochew, Hainanese, Cantonese, Henghua and others. Interracial marriages among those of different ethnic backgrounds are common in Kuching.

I was born in a small town called Sibu. My family moved to Kuching in 1996. I was 9 year-old. It’ll be 13 years since we settled in Kuching this coming March 09. Looking back, really thank God for His love, faithfulness & provisions.
a song came across my mind as i am typing this…
‘Every Blessing You poured out, Lord, i turn back to Praise You…’
I recall childhood memories at the old house, like running for the school bus early in the mornings; catching grasshoppers in the housing area; playing hide & seek with neighbours’ kids; feeding the wild cat; playing under a big tree; catching fish from the drains with bros; etc.
Spotted this cat ‘Kucing’ (Malay) at the cafe we had our lunch today, as if it’s welcoming us home 😛


Will share more on my experience here in Kuching this coming few weeks. So looking forward to the Chinese New Year as i have missed the celebration here in Kuching with my family for the last 4 years!

Can’t wait to try more of the local delicacies: Kolo-mee, Sarawak Laksa, po piah, roti canai, etc~ 😛



  1. […] also posted an entry on Kuching – My Hometown – a brief introduction on […]

  2. I am so glad for you to be able to get this experience, something that will be with you the rest of your life enjoys it to its full.

  3. Thank you 🙂
    i thank God i can come home to be with family…soon it’ll be the time to say goodbye again 😦

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