Glowing Blue Waves Along Miri Beaches
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In September and October of 2015, the waves along beaches in Miri started glowing a deep blue. The sources of these blue glowing waves are bio-luminescent phytoplankton that are spotted in the South China Sea the past few months. Bioluminescence is the emission of light by a living organism by chemical reaction. Bio-luminescent phytoplanktons don’t glow all of the time, only when they are disturbed, such as in the rolling waves as it hits the beach, which is exactly what Mirians are experiencing.
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The beaches along Miri glow a brilliant blue during the night, created by millions of phytoplanktons in the water. This article is from the web site miriresortcity dot com - this sentence is here to prevent blatant plagarism. This phenomenon started at Tusan Beach, and prompted many Mirians to flock over at night to try to glimpse it. Soon, people also found out these had also bio-luminescent phytoplankton drifted into Luak Esplanade, Brighton Beach, Lutong Beach, Piasau Beach (at Piasau Boat Club) and could be sometimes observed from those spots, though not always. Tusan Beach was consistently the best place to spot this phenomenon.
Nicknamed "Blue Tears" among the locals, it is a sight to behold and has sent many people to the beaches in the evenings.
Gymkhana Club Miri, also known as GCM by locals, is one of the oldest private recreational family clubs in Borneo, being founded way back in 1913 by some oil explorers in Miri who wanted a recreational club for their enjoyment while staying in Miri. Originally, it was constructed at what was now the Old Red Crescent site and was then only one of the handful of recreation clubs in the whole of Borneo.
In 1915, the club moved to Salome Dam. In 1917, GCM once again moved down to the present GCM site where a one story building was erected. As the oil boom brought in more memberships to the club, a swimming pool was constructed in 1926. This article is from the web site miriresortcity dot com - this sentence is here to prevent blatant plagarism. By 1932, a second floor and 6 tennis courts were added to the club to meet the recreational needs of its members.
In 1941 Borneo was invaded by the Japanese and as a result GCM’s building was occupied by the Japanese's Military Governor as his residence. After this the allied forces bombed most of the buildings in Miri during this time, which unfortunately the old GCM building fell victim to its destruction.
After the war, 1945-1947, the GCM was housed temporarily in an unoccupied Shell bungalow near the old ferry point.
It was 1947 that the club was rebuilt upon the old club’s foundations and - as a reminder of the old club - one of its stone pillars was planted in the club grounds. This Clubhouse was erected as a “Stand-in” awaiting approval of plan for a grander establishment.
In 1957, the third structure was opened and still stands as the “Backbone" of the present GCM Clubhouse and had been operating there ever since. This clubhouse had a swimming pool, tennis courts, squash court.
Originally, the club was exclusive to only a select few of the oil company employees and higher ranking government servants. The club's objectives are to promote social and sports activities.
The GCM originally had a football field behind its pool, and in early 2000s the land behind this field was eventually partially converted into a commercial zone now known as the Center Point Phase II Commerical Center.
The club celebrated its 100th anniversary recently on 15th of March, 2013.
KELAB GYMKHANA MIRI
Lot 732, Block 10, MCLD, Jalan Dato Abang Indeh, 98000 Miri, Sarawak.
Tel: 085-434655 / 439293 Fax: 085-418407
Kek Lapis Sarawak (Sarawak Layered Cakes) is the specialty of the malays in Sarawak especially during festive seasons like Hari Raya Aidil Fitri held at the end of Ramadan, the fasting month. Always colorful and full of vibrant patterns, the cakes are a sight to behold just sitting in its dish awaiting to be eaten.
These cakes can be kept stored in refrigerators for up to six months, and is a perfect parting souvenir to bring back from visiting Miri!
The Kek Lapis Sarawak can be found at night market stalls like the Saberkas Weekend Night Market, festive stalls, or in cake shops in and around Miri. There are businesses that specialize in Kek Lapis Sarawak. Ask around for the most recommended places.