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 This  trip  has  been  planned  many  months  ago  …..  It  is  a  joint  effort  with  the    Fisheries  Department  Malaysia    namely  the    Freshwater  Fisheries  Research  Centre,  Glami  Lemi,  Titi,  Jelebu,  Negri  Sembilan  .  It  is  part  of  the  inventory  work  that  we  planned  to  do  for  all  parts  of  Sarawak  &  Sabah.
 
 Participants  of  the  Expedition:
 
 Mohamad  Zaini  Suleiman  –  Senior  Research  Officer
 Norhanizan  Saiden  -  Research  Officer
 Siti  Azamah  Hj  Mustapha  –  Assistant  Research  Officer
 Mohamad  Firdaus  Elias  –  Assistant  Research  Officer
 Mr.  XXX  –  A  major  aquascaping  supplier  and  avid  aquatic  plants  specialist  (who  do  not  want  to  be  identified).
 Haji  Badaruddin  –  the  guy  who  is  writing  this  article  
 
 DAY  1
 
 Fetch  the  guys  from  the  airport  at  2:30pm  and  proceed  to  drive  to  Sri  Aman.  There  were  about  six  of  us  in  the  car.  It  was  really  crowded  (plus  the  bags  and  gears!!!)On  the  way  we  stopped  a  few  times  for  drinks,  refueling,  nature  call  and  “cigaretting”  (most  of  the  passengers  are  non  smokers).
 
 
 
 A  sunset  in  Sri  Aman.
 
 
 
 We  stopped  over  in  Sri  Aman  for  dinner.  The  food  was  excellent  ……..  We  ordered  “sup  tulang”  soup  made  from  beef  ribs,  mixed  vegetable,  “midin  belacan”  fern  cooked  with  shrimp  paste.
 
 
 
 This  is  fried  rice  …  Sri  Aman  special  …….  Yum  yum  super  nice!!!This  restaurant  …  which  is  located  in  Kampong  Hilir  is  highly  recommended  to  any  that  wish  to  visit  Sri  Aman.
 We  reached  Sibu  at  around  10pm.We  wanted  to  proceed  directly  to  Daro  but  we  were  advised  by  many  …   not  to.  We  were  told  that  it  is  extremely  dangerous  to  drive  at  night  to  Daro.  The  plantation  roads  leading  to  Daro  are  full  of  pot  holes.  And  there  is  also  the  danger  of  being  robbed.  A  quick  check  with  my  nephew  in  Matu  confirmed  this  story.
 
 
 
 Check  in  to  this  5  star  hotel  ROYAL  INN  …….  It’s  Rm60  (USD15)/per  night  double  bed  room.
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 DAY  2
 
 
 
 We  left  Sibu  at  6am  ……..  This  is  the  infamous  notorious  plantation  road  leading  to  Mukah  town.This  area  is  known  as  Selangau.
 
 
 
 Along  the  road,  you  can  see  many  oil  palm  plantations.
 
 
 
 An  oil  palm  tanker  zooming  full  speed  …….  
 
 
 
 Some  older  oil  palm  trees  ……..  
 
 
 
 The  refinery.
 
 It  took  me  about  3  hours  to  drive  through  the  plantation  road  ……  it  was  really  unbearable  …….  The  pot  holes  were  everywhere  ……  and  driving  six  people  …  with  full  fishing  gears  and  baggage  do  not  help  at  all.
 
 
 
 This  is  the  Mukah  bridge  ……  you  will  know  you’ve  reached  Mukah  once  you  see  this  bridge.
 
 
 
 We  stop  over  for  a  late  breakfast  come  lunch  here.  I  had  mee  jawa(noodle  with  sweet  tapioca  gravy)  ……..  The  others  enjoyed  their  “nasi  campur”  ie  rice  with  fish/chicken/vegs  ……..  I  didn’t  ……  Guess  I  choose  the  wrong  order  ha  ha  ha
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 Location  1
 
 
 In  an  oil  palm  plantation  in  Matu;  pH5.85  …….  Plenty  of  shrimps,  rasboras,  nandus  and  catfish  species
 Siti  and  me  got  stung  by  some  bees  here  …….  The  pain  was  excruciating  ……..  feels  like  someone  placed  a  light  up  cigarette  on  my  skin.
   
 
 Location  2
 
 
 Located  in  Daro  …..  which  is  near  to  the  sea;  pH  is  6.2.We  caught  lots  of  akarensis   after  a  short  walk  inside  the  jungle.
 
 
 
 Betta  akarensis
 
 
 
 It’s  the  dry  season  here  in  Sarawak  ……..  underneath  the  leaf  litters  are  pockets  of  water  where  the  akarensis  hide.  This  is  how  their  habitat  looks  like.
 
 
 
 A  juvenile  akarensis.
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 DAY  3
 
 We  have  decided  to  leave  for  Sibu  today  ……….  Zaini,  Siti,  Nor  and  Firdaus  were  to  take  the  express  boat  from  Daro  to  Sibu.  It  should  take  them  about  2  hours  to  get  to  Sibu.
 
 
 
 Having  breakfast  in  Daro  …….  Daro  is  a  small  town  located  near  the  sea  …..  Famous  for  its  “Terubok”  fish  Tenualsoa  toil  and  “sesar  unjur”  dry  shrimps.
 
 
 
 On  the  way  to  Oya,  Mukah,  Selangau  to  Sibu  …….  Me  and  Mr.  XXX  managed  to  take  some  pics.  Here’s   a  lorry  laden  with  logs.
 
 
 
 Oya  town  ………  looks  more  like  cowboy  town  to  me  ha  ha  ha
 
 
 
 Half  way  in  Selangau  ……  we  got  stuck  with  a  problem.  The  road  was  completely  flooded  ........  !!!
 
 
 
 A  few  gung  ho  motorists  decided  to  use  the  upper  part  of  the  incomplete  road  …  and  got  stuck  in  the  mud.  We  had  to  wait  almost  half  a  day  before  it  was  safe  to  pass  through.  Pity  Zaini  and  his  group  waiting  in  Sibu  for  us.  Looks  like  it  going  to  be  a  looooong  wait  for  him  ha  ha  ha.
 
 While  waiting  for  the  water  to  recede,  Mr  XXX  asked  me  to  join  him  taking  some  pics  of  the  flora  near  the  place.
 
 Here‘s  some  collection  of  the  flora  in  Selangau.
 
 
 
 Flower  of  a  Nepenthes  sp.  I  took  a  few  of  the  various  pitcher  plants  home  ……..  a  new  hobby  perhaps???
 
 
 
 This  is  not  “cempedak”  Artocarpus  integer.The  fruit  ……  looks  similar  to  a  “cempedak.The  plant  is  about  3  ft  high  and  the  fruit  is  about  the  size  of  my  palm.
 
 
 
 Midin  belacan  (fern  cook  with  shrimp  paste  ……  a  favorite  here  in  Sarawak)  anyone???  Ha  ha  ha
 
 We  finally  managed  to  drive  through  by  late  afternoon  and  met  up  with  Zaini  and  his  group  in  Sibu.  We  check  in  the  same  hotel.


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 DAY  4
 
 Location  1
 
 
 Somewhere  on  the  road  from  Sibu  to  Kanowit;  pH5.91  ……..  Firdaus  in  action  scooping  among  the  tall  grasses.  We  saw  some  bubble  nest  in  between  the  grasses  by  the  stream.
 
 
 
 Water  sampling  by  Zaini  and  Siti.
 
 
 
 Caught  a  few  of  this  Trichopodus  trichopterus.
 
 
 Location  2
 
 
 Near  to  Durrin  bridge  Sibu.  Plenty  of  elocharis  sp.   growing  by  the  stream;pH  5.91
 
 
 
 Sundadanio  axelrodi    found  in  abundance  here.
 
 
 
 Parosphromenus  allani  ……  Other  than  this  we  caught  plenty  of  nandus,  loaches,  pikefish  from  this  area.


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 Location  3
 
 
 This  is  how  you  go  scooping  fish  ha  ha  ha  ………  Zaini  in  action  and  having  fun.
 
 This  is  the  best  place  to  get  the  brownorum  in  Sibu  …….  However  most  of  the  area  is  all  dry  up  now  due  to  the  dry  season.  We  got  plenty  of  loach,  nandus  and  crypts  from  this  place.
 
 
 
 Some  of  the  crypts  that  can  be  found  here.
 
 
 
 I  managed  to  net  a  few  of  this  beautiful  Puntius  pentazona  aka  Barbus  pentazona
 
 
 
 Betta  sp  …….  Looks  more  to  ibanorum.
 
 
 
 Osteochilus  spilurus  aka  "Bantak  Batu"
 
 
   
 Rasbora  pauciperforata  aka  Red  Stripe  Rasbora
 
 There’s  about  a  few  more  …..  I  think  8  tanks  load  of  loaches,nandus,glass  catfish,catfish  sp  and  plants  that  I  need  to  process  …….  Need  to  find  the  time  to  do  this  ………
 
 Stay  tune!!!
 
 More  updates  later.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 03, 2009 6:09 pm Post subject: Re: Matu Daro Sarawak Expedition (Malaysia) 22.06.09 - 25.06 Reply with quote

 WOW....very  beautiful  fish  and  pics...thanks  for  sharing  Smile
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 Thanks  for  sharing!
 Some  amazing  pics  there.
 Now  all  that  food  talk  is  making  me  hungry.
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 Good  shot  of  fish  with  nice  journey  detail.
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 nice  report!!  Excellent  pics  Smile
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 Superb  pictures.  Please  do  post  snaps  of  rest  of  the  catch.  Especially  the  loaches.
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 excellent  write  up  no  words  to  say  on  the  pictures  expecting  more  pictures  keep  it  up   Rock On
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 Amazing  Photo  journal.  Thanks  a  lot  for  sharing.
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 Great  photos  brother.  Thanks  for  sharing.  It  was  as  good  as  being  there.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 03, 2009 8:38 pm Post subject: Re: Matu Daro Sarawak Expedition (Malaysia) 22.06.09 - 25.06 Reply with quote

 Thanks  guys   Smile  I  try  to  insert  some  other  pics  here  as  i  wanted  you  guys  to  see  the  other  things  that  we  have  .......  Sarawak  is  a  very  large  place   ........  mostly  virgin  forest.There's  plenty  to  see  and  document  ........  Being  part  of  the  island  of  Borneo  ......  Kalimantan  Indonesia  is  our  neighbour  Thumb Up  
 
 Yes  Beta  .......  the  first  part  talks  mostly  on  food  ......  I  try  my  best  to  recommend  the  yummiest  ones  .......  just  in  case  when  you  guys  are  here  ........  you  know  which  one  to  order   Chuckle  
 
 Deepak  ......  i  ll  see  what  i  can  do  during  this  weekend  ......  Been  busy  tending  to  my  kids  lately  .........  the  swine  flu  seems  to  be  everywhere  now!!!The  vaccine  will  only  be  available  this  September.That  is  sad  .......  people  seems  to  be  dying  everywhere   Crying or Very sad
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