The night before yesterday morning’s Bukit Shahbandar, my family and I were having dinner at Nur Wanita when a former classmate who’s back from Taiwan to visit his family asked if I would be hiking Shahbandar any day soon. It didn’t take much for me to quickly discuss this over the dining table including shooting a quick text to a regular hiking buddy on the opposite end of the country if he was up for it the next day. Everyone on this side of the table was confirmed to go. Fast forward 12 hours to the next day, the morning was met with scattered showers with some parts of the country experiencing heavy rain. Rain quickly stopped while the weather remained overcast — we went ahead with the trip, reached Shahbandar in time to greet a car full of regulars: Eric Pui and his whole family who came on very short notice. For personal reasons my former classmate couldn’t make it so the 10 of us went ahead with our hiking plans.
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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!