If you have recently visited or shopped at Permaisuri Imperial City Mall in Miri, you might have noticed that intriguing black and yellow building right across the road — the one that I that I mistook for Caterpillar’s office. I couldn’t have been more wrong!
As it turned out, that’s an international entertainment franchise ESCAPE ROOM that has opened in Miri. Cyril’s blog and his captivating images offer a peep inside Sarawak’s newest and unique attraction. Are you ready to level up?
One of the popular activities that is catching up in Miri is the real-life escape rooms. There are already some misconceptions associated to these escape rooms that has hindered many to experience what could be a fun-filled time for them. Some of these common misconceptions includes “Eee.. don’t want.. I’m scared”, or “Aiyaaaa… only for kids la”, or “Safe or not oh?”.
Generally, the escape room is all about teamwork and working together to solve puzzles that comes in many forms (number locks, key locks, jigsaws, deciphering codes, and many more). As you progress, solving one of the puzzle will bring you to many other puzzles, essentially bringing you to the last puzzles which will lead to your final escape from the room. Sounds fun and easy? To add to the already challenging puzzles, you are given a 45 minute time limit…
Last week, I had one incredibly productive day like I sometimes do when schedules go haywire! But this time it was planned that way — a bit ambitious maybe — it wasn’t impossible to pull off, it was just be incredibly exhausting. The morning began with a drive from home to Bukit Shahbandar along the way picking up my cousin and hiking buddy Daniel at his Lumut residence. Drive took slightly over an hour, got there in time to meet our guest hiker for the first session at 8 AM. Daniel and I had two hikes that morning starting with short (warm up) hike with Lili Yong, owner of Lili Lingerie (she said to take things easy first before attempting longer ones).
6.50 AM: Left Seria to reach Shahbandar by 8 AM
8 AM to 9 AM: Bukit Shahbandar Hike 1
9 AM to 11 AM: Bukit Shahbandar Hike 2
11.30 AM to 3:00 PM: From Thien Thien takeout after hiking to Mr Baker’s Residence for lunch and Tapak Kuda photoshoot before an hour’s drive home to Seria
3 PM to 4 PM: An hour’s drive home to Seria from Kampong Katok with only an hour to shower and rest) before leaving Seria at 5 PM for Pondok Sari Wangi’s crab feast.
By the time we reached home after an hour’s drive (for the second time), it was close to midnight and my eyes could barely open. What an eventful day!
Since my Please Send Me A Postcard post from over 4 years ago, I have received box full of postcards from family and friends who traveled the world and took time out of their precious holiday itinerary to buy and mail me a postcard or two. It’s not the easiest thing to do, I know, to find a post office or a willing hotel reception when you’re overseas. Which is why I also tell them it’s not necessary to find a post office if one is out of convenient reach — pass them to me in person or if you live overseas, as do some of the cards I received are from, mail them from your local post office.
I collect postcards regardless of whether they’re stamped or not. I’m happy to reciprocate with a postcard from Brunei if you would like one (just leave me your return address on the card). I haven’t decided yet what I’m going to do with the cards once I have a lot of them but I welcome any ideas you may have.