Sarikei 2004 - Neighbourhood store
Shopping in Sarikei was traditionally done in the small family run shops until the bigger air conditioned supermarkets like Ngiu Kee, Swee Hung and Friendly came to town. The smaller sundry shops offer a more intimate & personal experience as the owners know your family & your usual purchases. You pay after the shopkeeper has calculated the total amount with his/her mind, abacus or calculator. Confession time: your maths is not even close to theirs. The older shops keep their coins for change in a bucket that they pull down with a ceiling pulley. Cool.
The bigger supermarkets have salesgirls watching each aisle like a hawk and if they are promoters, you will get unsolicited recommendation of new products while you are searching for your regular items. There are more product choices & you exit via modern point of sales counters. The cool part is the air con.
When the going gets tough, the tough goes shopping due they drop. Do you prefer supermarkets like Friendly and Ngiu Kee or your friendly mom & pop shops?