Sarikei River, Oct 2007.
Upstream from the Sarikei River Bridge.
If you follow Jalan Masjid Lama from the Sugar Bun block towards Sarikei River, you will reach the Sarikei River bridge. The old wooden mosque (now demolished) was situated at the Sugar Bun block. That's why it's called Jalan Masjid Lama (Old Mosque Road).
Just across the bridge is the new kampung (Malay residential village) area called Kampung Seberang (Village Across (the river)). People have moved in since 1998. The first road that branches off the main road (Jalan Rentap) is Jalan Ixora. A creative sign made of a truck tyre proudly proclaims this sub area as Kampung Ixora.
This time of the year witnesses many Malay houses undergoing a fresh coat of paint for their upcoming big festival, Hari Raya. The kampung houses here are nicely done up and this area is the new hip area to move into.
Sarikei Kampung Seberang soccer fields, Oct 2007.
The 2 soccer fields in Ixora Road now have real goal posts. Initially, soccer players play among the long grass with make shift goal posts. You can see from the dead patches of grass that these fields are very popular in the evening when the sun is more forgiving.
For non-soccer players, they head towards the end of Ixora Road to try their luck fishing. You can catch fishes the size of your palm and big prawns.
Sarikei Rejang River view from Kampung Seberang jetty, Oct 2007.
The view is serene with nipah palms and mangrove trees. Occasionally, an express boat will zoom past and leave a trail of waves. As the waves hit the muddy bank, mudskippers, kamat (local small black crabs) and fiddler craps will scurry away from the water.
At the jetty, turn your head to your right and you will see this familiar view. "Excuse me, have I seen you from somewhere before?"