Trip Start May 18, 2003
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When asking for a ride to the Cat Museum the minibus driver first thought we wanted to go to the Kuching Museum (seeing as Kuching means cat in Malay) and we had to resort to asking for the "meow meow" museum while animating 'finger' ears
The museum was very novel, but the layout and ambience was more whimsical than historical. About ninety percent of the exhibits were oriented around popular culture (huge collection of Hello Kitty junk - sorry Nayyar) and there was even a Whiskas cat food display. There seem to be a lot of industry displays making their way into museums here, the Sarawak Museum had a large propaganda installation for Shell Petroleum.
Following a quick bite to eat at the Life Cafe (very hot soup) and then a whirlwind tour of the small one-room Chinese History Museum, it was onto Tops supermarket to stock up on food for trip to Bako National Park. As you wander around this place looking at all the weird food they pump out their own version of Y-M-C-A called (yes you've guessed it) T-O-P-S. I was particularly tickled by a brand of fizzy soft drink they stock called Kickapoo!
P.S. Congratulations to Emma and Simon on the birth of their son James.