The old letter boxes were in the area below the air cons (before the wall was pushed out). A telephone booth next to the letter boxes was often vandalised.
The car park was a grass area where I used to play sabut (local baseball) with my Land Dayak and Cantonese friends.
owadays when you meet your old friends in Sarikei, a common topic is the game site, group site, website or blog that you surf. Before that, it was whether you had a handphone. Before the handphone, it was whether you had an email address. Before the email address, it was whether you had a business name card. Before the namecard, it was whether you had a post letter box number.
How many of you have collected telegrams from the post office in the 60-70s? Telegraphy messages sent by the operators using Morse code were known as telegrams. Later, telegrams sent by the Telex network, a switched network of teleprinters similar to the telephone network, were known as telex messages.
Find the old and new letter boxes.
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The Sarikei Post Office had 200 old letter boxes and all had been taken up by businesses and government agencies. Residential and rural folks tend to make use of other businesses' post offices. An example was the Culture Bookstore (was at 15 Repok Rd) which kindly let rural folks use their post office number and the folks collected their letters from a box in front of the book store. The 200 old post offices boxes were preserved and brought to their new location at the new post office. Check the 200 key holes of the old letter boxes (thickand round type of keys) versus the key holes of the new post office boxes (thin and flat type of keys). Interesting nugget of trivia. (The rental is MYR50/year in 2011.)
Spot Brazil's #10 (Ronaldinho) and Star Wars' Darth Vader (with helmet)
The new post office (along the same street as the old post office) was opened on 15 Sep 1982. It has a queuing system and a glass partition. I think you can buy Air Asia budget airline tickets from there too for those who don't have access to internet or don't know what the heck is the internet. Can anyone confirm?
Sarikei New Post Office 2007 - exterior
Oh, please excuse me, I have got mail. I think the cheque is in the mail. Or are they more bills to pay?