How does it feel to stay at a homestay in Sarawak? I found my answer at Homestay Telaga Air. Telaga Air, 30km from Kuching City is one of the first homestay in Sarawak. It is a Malay Fishing Village with a lot to offer ranging from open sea fishing to cultural activities.
My stay at Homestay Telaga Air was short that I did not have the time to mingle with my adopted family. But here’s a photo for the memory.
It was only 2D1N stay at the homestay. However I had a fun and fulfilling stay at Homestay Telaga Air and enjoyed the home made food cooked for us during our stay.
Our Lunch :-
Our Dinner :-
I find the Malay food served on us at Homestay Telaga Air is similar to Malay food in Peninsula Malaysia. However, in Sarawak there are many types of condiments which I never find in the Peninsular. Especially the purplish condiment served over lunch.
The most delicious food served during dinner was definitely umai. Umai is a traditional native dish for the Melanau people which consists of sliced raw fish or prawn with mixture of onion, chillies, salt and lime juice.
After a finger licking good dinner, we were brought to the community hall to watch Sarawak’s Malay ethnic culture heritage of “bermukun” or “bergendang”. Bermukun is a tradition inherited from the Malay ancestors. It is performed during the weddings. Interestingly, bermukun is manned by not less than 2 women who would hit the gendang while reciting pantuns. They are called “tukang bergendang” or “seh bergendang”. As the musics are played and the pantuns are recited, the people will dance to the tune.
(best watched in 480p quality)