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I can’t get into my cobwebblog so I’ll write a blog on word and paste it in when I am allowed in. I don’t want to lose any more time.

         Today is April 30 and I am in Kuching, the capital and largest city of the east Malaysian state of Sarawak as well as the largest city on the island of Borneo  - still Borneo, which I didn’t understand. I bought a postcard with a map on it to help me see it.  Kuching is called “Cat City” because it is thought to get its name from the Malay word kucing/cat. Maybe.  I took a picture of a very large statue of a cat, that I dot think turned out.  There are four cat statues at a junction, each one facing a different direction, and a cat family (mom and pop and nine kittens – for nine sections of the city) presides over another square.  Guess what kind of tchotchkes are sold?

         The population of Kuching is about 700,000 people and it’s small enough to walk around – very hard to do in this heat. I took a Highlights of Kuching tour this morning and it was a killer.  I was fine, though, and for the first time in many days, was able to walk up and down and everywhere without waiting in the bus, which I should have done because it was air-conditoned.

         We went to the oldest Chinese temple in Kuching (1876) and I took a picture of a red lanterns on the ceiling that a fellow passenger admired, as if I were a real photographer!

         I loved the museum, set in  a large botanical garden with a bandstand that features Sunday music for the public.  Christmas music is played in December, we were told.