Thursday, July 12, 2007

Scenes - Sarikei country homes

Sarikei country homes, 2007.
5th Mile Repok Road.
Find the laundry.
Source: ST Lau


As you drive away from downtown Sarikei along Repok Road, you will come across the traditional Chinese country homes which are made of wood in the 1960's. There are homes built earlier than 1960s but many are in pretty bad shape. If you venture deep into the small roads that branch out from Repok Road, you will find more rustic and pretty ones.


Sarikei country homes, 2007.
5th Mile Repok Road.
Find the papaya tree (top right), yam (bottom right)
Source: ST Lau


The Chinese country homes are built on stilts. At the ground below, you will find laundry hung out to dry amongst barking dogs, preening cats, free roaming chicken and ducks, hissing geese protecting their territory and occassionally turkeys. Sometimes you may find exotic pets like baby crocs, monkeys, bats, birds and other wild animals caught from the forest. Pigs may be reared in a stable.

At the front, there's usually a balcony for evening chill out. Sometimes, you will find mega homes as the owners expanded it themselves. The homes are usually humble with functional furniture. The people are often delighted to have visitors and welcome guests with everything edible they have in the kitchen. These wooden homes are cooler than a modern home in downtown residential suburbs. Yes, the creaking wooden floors are part of the experience.


Sarikei country homes, 2007.
5th Mile Repok Road.
Find the orange (front) and coconut trees.
Source: ST Lau


Around the house are usually fruit trees like oranges, bananas, papayas, rambutans, mangoes, pineapples, custard apples, coconuts, sugarcanes and more recently dragon fruits. Vegetables are usually planted as well. Running out of pepper? No problem, go to the orchard to pluck from the creeping vines.


Sarikei country homes, 2007.
5th Mile Repok Road.
Find banana trees and remnants of poles for pepper vines (left)
Source: ST Lau



How many of you can relate to this John Denver song? Country road, take me home, to the place where I belong...Now repeat the chorus with me.

3 comments:

Daniel Yiek said...

Thanks to blogger Fred who passionately crafted the new photo of Sarikei Time Capsule at the side bar. Both Sarikei Time Capsule pics are done by him.

Thanks to ST Lau who sent in these rural pics from his trip to S'kei in June and the ideas he gave for this post.

Folks, the more ideas, pics and content you send in, the longer the blog will soldier on.

Ease Wong,
Thanks for your invitation to join Face but currently I dont have much bandwidth to do so as I have to maintain this blog and my Anthonian class's private group site. You are welcome to use any pics from this blog for your new Sarikei group site. Just right click to save the pics.

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Fredy said...

my house is one of the,.. hoho.. classic country home..

Kanga said...

These photos bring back great memories. In my days, 'country road' was clay & mud and not concrete! The house shown looks much better than the one I used to stay in. The surrounding (fruit trees, pepper farm etc)looks so familiar. But I now stay in a place which can hardly grow papaya or yam, and it takes almost 4 years to grow a pineapple plant! what a drawback. Thanks to ST Lau & Daniel for the photos.

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