11th Rainforest World Music Festival – The Arrival at Santubong Resort

I get excited as soon as I opened my eye once I get to see some familiar scenery as we passed by Siburan town. My childhood memories crossing the road to my grandfather pepper’s farm located near the world renowned – Jong’s Crocodile Farm flashed in my head and tears begin rolling down my cheeks.

I miss my late grandfather (I called him ‘Ah Kung’) and the memories of him fetching me from kindergarten with his old bicycle, climbing his rambutan and ciku trees at his backyard, went to do my ‘business’ at his favorite toilet located at the backyard (although there is a proper toilet in the house) where the toilet door is made of gunny sacks only, helping him to water his garden from the pond (just because I liked to bath here), plucking spring onions and bean sprouts for sale, learn to make fermented vegetable, went fishing at the streams in his pepper farm and get to experience the whole process of producing good quality pepper.

Speaking of which explains Sarawak is the best pepper producer and had the best pepper quality in the world. 🙂

As the team approaching the cat city, our bus broke down at 7th Miles due to technical problems and we waited for 2 hours (under the rain) for the bus to be fixed before we continue our journey to Santubong Resort – the team official accommodation venue.

# Gunung Santubong from far

Honestly, this is my first time to Santubong Resort and noticed the hotel lobby is located separately from the hotel rooms. The hotel main lobby is attached to the coffeehouse, the lounge and the ballrooms blocks whereas the hotel rooms are separated at other blocks. I guess this is what they called the chalet concept. The resort swimming pool is located opposite the main lobby.

# Santubong Resort reception area# Santubong beach

Apparently, the Damai Golf & Country Club is located just next to the resort as well.

# the chalet block where i stayed – block 9 – room 9102

We loaded our luggage and checked in to our respective rooms where I shared with 3 others female team member. The room is quite spacey with two queen size bed and same goes with the bathroom too. The bathroom even had dry and wet areas where you can have your shower at a designated corner and it has a bath-tub too located at another designated corner. It has quite wide sink with a big mirror on the wall and this is where I put on my make-up each time after I had my shower.

A round marble table and two wooden chairs placed nicely at the room’s balcony and sitting here while sipping a hot coffee with couple of ciggie sticks is such a relaxing moments. This is also where I had casual conversations with my team members and discussed some related work matters with MGK9’s boss.

# my official tag

At this point, the first batch team is still waiting for the second batch team to join us checking in at the resort as far as from Singapore, Philipines and Sabah.

I was told that the MGK9 team itself had occupied 18 rooms of the chalet and apparently the main organizer teams (Sarawak Tourism Board) inclusive of the committee member and volunteers, the RWMF’s performers, the media team, domestic and international room guests are staying here too.

Santubong Resort has indeed become the official accommodation for the annual RWMF’s event.

Are you still with me here? If yes, stay tuned the next post on next Monday.

At the mean time, I want to enjoy my week-end with my boo. 🙂

13 Comments

  1. Apai_Mau

    19 July, 2008 at 6:36 am

    Hey, I can’t find u there even at the entrance. Or aku tersalah org kot? I only met isoundstream though :p

  2. Cupid

    19 July, 2008 at 8:05 am

    It does look like a marvellous resort to hang my hair down, sit back & relax… I recall I had 2 invitations to stay there but could never afford to waste my work time there.

    Besides, there were both promotions & the first invitation was likely a sales gimmick as my booking, in my 'authenticity test' of the invitation, couldn't be confirmed at all.

  3. Netster

    19 July, 2008 at 12:43 pm

    “Ah Kung”? so you are Ah kung is a chinese? My house that I never stay in is not so far from Jong’s crocodile farm. 🙂

    By the way I stay at 7th Miles so probably the Bus that i saw near the Bus stop was you guys? hahahaha I was on the way to work in the morning and I say to myself what’s wrong with this bus! hagagagag did you guys drop by 7th for breakfast?

    I like to see more photo of the festival, I thought this year I like to go but I guess I was too lazy! I even found out a friend of ours was sellign teh ticket but I didnt pick it up kekekeke

    waiting for your next post

  4. Netster

    19 July, 2008 at 12:43 pm

    “Ah Kung”? so you are Ah kung is a chinese? My house that I never stay in is not so far from Jong’s crocodile farm. 🙂

    By the way I stay at 7th Miles so probably the Bus that i saw near the Bus stop was you guys? hahahaha I was on the way to work in the morning and I say to myself what’s wrong with this bus! hagagagag did you guys drop by 7th for breakfast?

    I like to see more photo of the festival, I thought this year I like to go but I guess I was too lazy! I even found out a friend of ours was sellign teh ticket but I didnt pick it up kekekeke

    waiting for your next post

  5. Mystery LadyBird

    20 July, 2008 at 11:58 pm

    apai_mau,
    ya isoundstream did told me that he met you and i was away for my lunch break at that time. sayang kan mun sik gerenti tangkap posing maut dengan kau ehekk..

    well, sikpa next year kita jumpa gik kt rwmf ok. 🙂

  6. Mystery LadyBird

    21 July, 2008 at 12:03 am

    cupid,
    yes indeed that resort is a nice place to relax and i would go back there again in the future.

    about your encounters on the sales gimmick..too bad coz its really worthwhile staying there lah. maybe it wasnt just your day hahh…:)

    on second thought, you memang a notti cupid. life wouldn’t be complete for you if you don’t give any hard time to anything – which recall me on the ‘twin’ thingy.. ;p

  7. Mystery LadyBird

    21 July, 2008 at 12:10 am

    netster,
    yes i come from mixed marriage family;chinese from my dad side and kenyah from my mom side. that explain why i called my late grandpa ‘ah kung’ as im refering to my dad side of family. so, you are from siburan too??

    if you saw freesia express bus at 7th miles on that day then that is us but then again we ‘parked’ the bus at the bus stop (not far from the t-junction traffic light) around afternoon lah. ya, we did go ‘makan-makan’ at 7th miles and it was lunch instead of breakfast.

    more photos coming right up so just stay tuned..:)

  8. melbie

    21 July, 2008 at 12:39 am

    Nampaknya your entries for RWMF akan jadi sangat banyak ya … hehe but really looking forward to read them all… siok baca ba! 🙂

  9. Mystery LadyBird

    21 July, 2008 at 12:44 am

    mel,
    im trying my best to summarise everything and at the same time making it an interesting post to read.

    thanks for the in-directly motivation from you. ehh ko tu apa kurang nya, you write better than me bah.. 🙂

  10. melbie

    21 July, 2008 at 3:35 am

    hahaha kadang malu aku baca post aku sendiri tu, macam entry diari kanak-kanak…

    tapi memang susah kan making the summary short and interesting at the same time… but you have to read Linda’s post.. funny and very very short! LOL

  11. Mystery LadyBird

    21 July, 2008 at 3:48 am

    mel,
    lol..eh aku punya post pun kadang2 macam diari kanak2 bah..tapi yang penting, we have fun reading it. kalu selalu serius pun nda bagus bah, boring jadi nya kan. 😉

    ok, let me check out linda’s post later.

  12. smallee

    22 July, 2008 at 2:44 pm

    Wow… 4 in a room.. shud tell Leo to give a special package next year la since u did a great job for getting all those volunteers to help out…
    :):)

    I am still here.. catching up the next one..

  13. Mystery LadyBird

    22 July, 2008 at 11:42 pm

    smallee,
    well having 4 persons in one room is quite ok actually as the room are quite spacey, really.

    hehehe getting a special room package?? that one need to get Leo to further negiotiate with STB as STB is the one who sponsored our stay. life is great man, with free lodging,food & transportation provided i wouldn't ask for more.. 🙂

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