Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Scenes - Sarikei Pineapple Statue 1992-2008

Sarikei Pineapple Statue and terminal 1, 1992.
Bank Road in background.
Find the old terminal 1.

Source: Sarawak Indah, 1993

As we approach chap goh meh (15th night of Chinese New Year) on 21st Feb, we should ask how the pineapple come into the CNY picture as it was never part of traditional CNY scenes in China. Before the answer is revealed, find the old terminal 1 in the picture before its current reincarnation as a massive building. That simple shed was built around 1990 together with the Rejang River Esplanade to spruce up the area.

Sarikei Pineapple Statue 2008
Hello! Is the air thinner up there?

I decided to place my camera in an unusual angle to snap the pineapple statue and it turned out pretty unique. The Chinese dialect name for pineapple is wang lai and this ryhmes with "prosperity" (wang) and "come" (lai).

That's why you see the ubiquitous pineapple tarts and pineapple decorations like paper lanterns during CNY.


Daniel Yiek said...

This is a short post because I'm still catching with my work after 2 weeks away in Kuching (including overnight at the amazing Bako National Park) and Sarikei.

Welcome to all new readers. Some have dropped me private emails and I gathered that some are 60+ years old so dont forget to comment with your rich Sarikei experience.

There are many more exciting posts on Sarikei but these need time for me to do a good job. eg: Do you know how the Sarikei Methodist church looked like before the current version and what's the history? Stay tuned.

Daniel Yiek said...

Added 3 pics of Dr Yap in the previous post. 2 were from his Xmas 2007 trip to Genting. Thanks to Nelson.

Lidasar said...

I could not recognize Dr.Yap at all, could someone contribute a picture of him in the 1970s? That would bring back old memories better.

A circus by the name 中国大天球 came to Sarikei in mid 1930s to perform at the venue where the Methodist church is now standing. The circus consists of a small troupe with one elephant, probably 2 tigers, a few monkeys and who could recall such long memory? During those days the ground were actually a basketball court, a clay court and next to it is the wooden chapel which was later demolished to give way to the existing church.

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