Sunday, November 19, 2006

Scenes - Sarikei-Kampung Rejang trip 2006

Kampung Rejang 2006 - The sign read "Welcome to Rejang Village"

Kampung Rejang 2006 - Rejang mosque (wooden)
Find the loudspeaker for broadcasting prayers.

T
he van shuttle took us into the small Jerijeh village where the Tanjung Manis airport is located. Then we moved on to Kampung Rejang, a sleepy fishing village with swaying palms and home gardens of tropical fruits like cempedak and guavas. We didn't visit the Kampung Rejang songket factory where you can observe locals weaving songket. Songket is handwoven silk or cotton fabric which is intricately patterned with silver or gold threads


Kampung Rejang 2006 - The long jetty

Kampung Rejang 2006 - mangrove swamps

The Rejang wharf is served by the same Sarikei-Tanjung Manis-Rejang express boat from Sarikei Wharf Terminal 2. It has a very long jetty because this is a very silty estaury where sediments is deposited in the last (slow) leg of Rejang River's journey (530km) from the interior of Sarawak to the South China Sea.


Kampung Rejang 2006 - The famous Rejang River mouth.
Kuching bound boats from Sarikei exit here to South China Sea.

Kampung Rejang 2006 - The landmark rotting boat at the jetty.
South China Sea in the horizon.

Sarikei-Kuching ships exit the Rejang River into the South China Sea and travel along the coast to Kuching. During the monsoon season around Nov-Feb, the sea at the Rejang River mouth can be choppy. It had wrecked 2 ships (Pulau Kijang and Raja Mas from the 70's) that had served the Sarikei-Kuching route. There's a rotting boat (name unknown) at the jetty that served as a poignant reminder of these historic shipwrecks.


Kampung Rejang 2006 - Barnacles greeted river commuters.

Barnacles are arthropods that can be seen clinging to the structures of Sarikei's wharf too. It has two larval stages. The first stage of 2 weeks is spent floating wherever the waves bring it, whilst feeding and molting. At the second stage, it metamorphoses into a stronger swimmer. The larva then cements itself headfirst to a hard surface and grows into a juvenile barnacle with six hard calcified plates for protection. They use their feathery legs to catch plankton for food. Barnacles are hermaphroditic and alternate between female and male roles.


Kampung Rejang 2006 - Room with a view, oh, make that sea view.

At the end of the jetty were 4 hammocks. After you had climbed in, you would not want to get out. It's very comfy with the cool sea breeze but we had an important task left to do. We took the van shuttle back to Tanjung Manis wharf and asked to use the kitchen of the jetty restaurant for a token fee of a few ringgit. Remember the crabs that we bought in Belawai? It's on the table below!

Tanjung Manis 2006 - Self cooked crabs.
Find the pang ngang glutinous rice wrapped in leaves (name of leaves?)




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This is the 100th post. Amazingly, a blog dedicated to Sarikei and its surroundings can come this distance. Thanks for riding the journey. Keep the ideas, pictures and comments coming!

3 comments:

Kanga said...

Ai -yoh! I just finished my lunch, turn on my computer, and I saw the crabs and pang ngang. I felt so hungry again that I think I suffered a 'cold turkey' treatment! I think the pang ngangs are wrapped in banana leaves?

su said...

hi there..introduced to ur blog by a fren.i'm su..also from sarikei.wrote bout sarikei in my blog but only a little..oh ya..my grandma n mom is frm rejang.thanks for visiting rejang n promoting it here..

maybe we could meet up somewhere n have bloggers meet with all other bloggers frm sarikei.

Daniel Yiek said...

Su,
Welcome! Rejang was fun especially the jetty and hammocks! I have been there twice. I climbed up a ladder to take a picture with a cempedak in my 1st trip a few years back.

I'm currently working outside of Sarikei so I wont be able to join any bloggers meeting. Maybe you can try to host that and have lots of fun.

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