Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Kucing, Kuching, Cochin, Ku - Ching




Kuching, Sarawak Malaysia

Kiki (male) and Misty (female) are both our beloved cats. Somehow Misty reminds me of Tampuk in Jowopinter's blog.... his mum's cat. Speaking of the witch, many people curious how did Kuching city get its name?

The question of how Kuching got its name has puzzled and discombobulated. It spawned many stories, ranging from the plausible to outright nonsense in explaining how the name came about.

Most people believe it something to do with cat. There was a small river named Sungai Kuching which was always visited by wild cats. Not far from the river there was a small hill occupied by pokok Buah Mata Kuching (an edible fruit Nephelium Malarese) and the hill was named as Bukit Mata Kuching. According to this story that is how the origin of the name Kuching

Another speculation how Kuching get its name is from the word ‘Cochin’. Cochin is derived from the word Kaci meaning harbour. During the Brooke dynasty, Kuching was the important harbour among the Indochina.

The Chinese believe Kuching got its name for the Mandarin word for ‘old well’ is ‘ku (old) ching (well). The well was either dug by the earliest Chinese settlers or was already there when they first set foot in the area because the well was referred to as the ‘old well’ among them. The exact site of the well is at number 59 Upper China Street, a shop selling and repairing scales. The floor of the shop is slightly sunken because it was built on top of the filled-up well.

In fact there are many other tales but which is the right one? Ahaks..leave it to the historian to decide…

52 comments:

hafiz238 said...

i believe it is something to do with cats and have never heard about 'Cochin' before.

there are always interesting stories behind every name :)

tun teja said...

tun ada kucing
nama kucing tun lessy
dia kuat makan..
dan sgt mengada ngada.. huhu.. lari topik ker?

arsaili said...

re: Hafiz - ur right ..there is always interesting stories behind every name

re: Tun - tak lari, lessy jer yg larik .....larikkkkkkk

Kurt Kuden said...

owh eh.. baru tau..
waaa.. tibe2 rs nk mkn mata kucing.. huhhu

arsaili said...

re: kurt kuden - kat indo tak ker bro? or else ambik jer mata si kucing..tapi kejam la plak....ahaks

Noushy Syah said...

Emm..interesting facts...

Cats are so cute..

Kucing City is interesting to be explored...

Buah mata kucing is delicious...quite expensive here..

Just be careful with cats shit as it contains toxoplasmosis!:)

KAMATO said...

Orang tua saya kat kampun bela kucing hampir 20 ekor.... Thanks for visit my blog

arsaili said...

uiksss banyaknya.....tapi kucing leh atasi stress

zino said...

kunjungan balas...

cantik kucing2 tu..

arsaili said...

re: zino - makasih....

Jie said...

erk..kakjie silap masuk kelas ni tapi best...


bila entah nk sampai kuceng.... kawan2 dah ramai dok tunggu...:D

Jun :) said...

haah la plak...arsaili, apa buah mata kucing in english ek! cat's eyes..hahahha....

zura lias said...

saya suke kucing..rumah saya manyak kucing..kucing kesayangan, lotter n ona...:D..

syahidatul said...

comeinye kucin... huk huk.. saya suka kucin... hehe

nama.. err, si putih ngan si brown jer.. huu

would like to share with you one day... :D

iEn said...

waaa first time tgk kucing yg bawah tuu.. comei toii

faisal said...

alala, comeinye kucing tu bang..teringat kucing2 kat umh,hehee

linn21098 said...

Kak linn takut n geli ngan kucing!!!!!!!.......eee....kalau org usik klinn bg kucing mmg sure menjerit punyer.....heheeeee

AiRynnz said...

alahai...cute miut sungguh tucin tuuu..

Sastri said...

salam... my grandma pun suka bela kucing... me, belai2 kejap boleh laa... nak bela, alamat meninggal la kucing tu tak makan... :p

tintaHati said...

Salam :)

Hurmm so apa pula fakta yang tersimpan di sebalik nama arsaili? ;D

Abang Long said...

Sangat bersetuju dengan tintahati, sudah lama nak tanya, apa maksud - arsaili ....

eTomyam said...

Whatever it is, I luv Kuching, esp if somebody can treat me river cruising along Sarawak River...what a wonderful experience...err can ke brother?

arsaili said...

re:jie - saya pun tunggu kak jie..meh dtg bila sy ada di sana k...

Re:jun - yea..setahunya dia ambil sempena nama cats dragon eyes - buah longan, so dia di nama cat's eyes.. wallahualam..

re:zura - uiksss..nama lotter..ekekeke

Azzam Supardi said...

Kalau pergi Kuching jangan lupa belikan tikar sarawak dan ikan salai.

arsaili said...

re: Syahidatul - putih n brown..napa tak putih n perang..eheheh

re: ien - aaa color dia perang kelabu putih..kita org panggil dia anak singa..mmg garang pun..uhuhu

re: faisal - tengok la tuan dia..muahahaha

arsaili said...

re;linn - lerr...nape la plak takut kucing..isk3

re;airynnz - aaa comei kan..ehehe

re;sastri - erkk..klu cam tu tok sah ler bela kucing, kesian plak

arsaili said...

re; tintahati - erkkk 'biar la rahsia' ekekek quote nama blog awak...ahaks

re: abanglong - tu kena tulis buku tuh bang long..the memoir of arsaili..ahaks...

re: etomyam - tak yah bodek...ekekeke well, tunggu bila sy kat kuching la..sure no problem..gi tau jer bila nak dtg..duduk tak berapa jauh dr airpot pun..leh pick u up

Waliz said...

my fav pet last time was kucing but not anymore bcos too bz even to take care of myself...hehehe..see u again..

mazudi said...

Yer kan. Kenapa kucing.
Time aku kecik kecik dulu kami bagi nama kat kucing ikut kaler, Putih, Hitam, Celoreng. Biru jer yang takder.

echah_syed said...

antie ni sume haiwan pun takut even pun COCHIN huhu..

~ take care ~

Kasawari said...

Bro, nak tau keluarga saya memang suka kucing, mungkin sebab arwah atok belah abah ada bele kucing banyak. So abah pun uka kucing, kat rumah abah dah macam zoo kucing, tapi bukan persian.. kucing kampung jer.. Ammar dan Aiman pun suka kucing, cuma Ammar kena control sebab semputnya.. Saya pulak memang minat kucing.. dulu ada bela sekor, namanya Shiro (macam nama anjing shincan).. tapi dah hilang..
eh macam blog saya pulak.. he he..
tapi saya tak suka buah mata kucing, cuma suka air mata kucing.. he he MEOW MEOW

TokNabe said...

Mengikut mitos. kucing ada 7 nyawa, betul ke? dah nama mitos....

Tom & Jerry pun best.

NBB said...

i'll love to be in kuching again.

Mak Su said...

tentu kucing akan malu malu kucen bila sejarah dirinya dibuka dalam blog

AbGJaS said...

Hi Arsaili,
The same goes to 'Kinabalu'(mount) I guess. I dont know if it has something to do with the'widow of a chinese person'...

blackpurple @ jowopinter said...

Comelnya. Sayang, saya alah pada bulunya....

Patung Kuching di bandar Kuching itu besar ek. Dah kira macam berhala tu. :D

TokMoh said...

Salam Arsaili,anak tokmoh pun ada bela kucing,dia bagi nama BEAN.Bila tokmoh balik kampung,dia postkan BEAN ke rumah neneknya.

posmen said...

gua punya kucing nama potet. skang tgh belaja memberahikan diri ngan kucing kabaret jiran gua. tak lama lagi jadik atuk la gua... cett..

arasis said...

arasis suka kucim tp leh main ngn kucing org bela je. pstu lps main ngn kucim kne bsuh tgn klu x gatal2..huhu..

arsaili said...

re:waliz - suh la kucing taking care of u plak..ekekke

re:mazudi- ehehe...macam2 name jer kan..skang leh cari nama khas utk kucing kat internet

re:echah - erk apa la aunty nih...ekekeke tak mesra haiwan plaks

arsaili said...

re: Kasawari - shiro bes nama tuh...ala2 jepun ekeke...ler aiman semput ker..bahaya bulu kucing kalau alah nih..

re: TokNabe - dulu baca buku citer dongeng ...dia org kata 9 nyawa..umm nama pun dongeng kan..ekeke

re: NBB - dtg la lai....sawardikap..ekekeke..silap benua plak

arsaili said...

re: maksu- ekekeke ada kebenaran tuh mak su...

re: AbgJas - yea...disebelah nama itu sure ada sejarahnya..mount kinabalu ...if in kuching mount santubung..also has its own mythos

re: Jowopinter - semput gak ker bro..adessss..yea so big, ala berhala..nasib tak sebenar patung kat cairo tuh...ahaks..tapi ramai plak yg suka bergambo kat situ

arsaili said...

re: tokmoh- bean cute nya nama..sure debab cam bentuk bean..ekekek

re: posmen - uiksss...kena la hantar dia majlis berkhatan musim cuti sekolah ni..kalau tak nanti berkembang biak plak..byk plak cucu cicit hang..ekekeke

aria ayumi said...

ahaks. peminat kucen rupanya dia.

sblm ni, xpenah tahu lak asal usul kerabat kucen nih. yg kite tahu kucing ni salah sekor haiwan kesayangan Nabi Muhammad s.a.w kan

arsaili said...

re: aria ayumi - ye ke..tatau plak kucing haiwan kesayangan Nabi Muhammad S.A.W

---> kelat said...

huwaaaa... lama x jenguk blog nih... huhuhu... ala, pd hal, baru 2 ari x sentuh keybod... windu nyer... huhuhu... kocing??? kelat suker bangat ngan makhluk kocing nih... x caye... p blog kelattttt... penuh ngan makhluk tuh... makhluk tu kan makhluk yg pnyayanggggg... cam kelat gaks... adeiiiii... pasan btoiiii... uhukuhuk... anywayyy... i lurve cat... meowwww... meowwwww... ;-p

Pak Ngah said...

:: salam... PakNgah diam di KUCHING (sarawak)... tapi tak bela KUCING... dan di tempat asal PakNgah... KUCING disebut KUCIN... dan salah sebut serta salah eja/tulis/taip... akan memberi makna yang berbeza.

arsaili said...

re; kelat - isk3 tu dh cam cat women nyer..mengeow...ekekekeke

re; PakNgah - errrkkk ye ker pak ngah..apa maksud kalau tersalah eje tuh..uhuhuhu ..bahaya

amusynuraisha said...

org kate pelihara kucing bewarna kelabu untuk elak kebakaran...
betul ke..??

Sarah Mohd Shukor said...

Salam Arsaili. dh lama x tinggal komen kt sini. selama ni sempat jenguk n membaca je. dh kutip ilmu, terus cabut. hehe. wkt 1st time baca entry ni dulu, terasa mcm: wah. uniknye asal-usul kuching. banyak sumber. teringat tahun 1990 dulu wkt sy 1st time dtg sarawak. kuching masih sangat kuno. teksinya pelik2. sy nangis ajak mak balik pahang semula. hehe. tp sy bertahan duk di kuching n miri 5-6 bln kot. tp bila dh besar pnjng ni, teringin nk ke kuching lg. hehe.

manje said...

alaa3..tomeynyer kuciinn..!!

Madame CT said...

Soooo ini Kiki & Misty...memang gemok & cute!