Sunday, December 21, 2008

Festivals - Sarikei Pesta Nanas 1st-7th Dec 2008

Sarikei Pineapple Festival, 2008
Promotion Banner at Civic Centre
Source: Desmond Chen


Sarikei Pineapple Festival, 2008
Promotion Banner at Civic Centre
Source: Desmond Chen


The much anticipated annual Sarikei Pineapple Festival had grown bigger and was held on 1-7 Dec 2008. Some roads were closed to hold the activities. This is good for Sarikei tourism (more likely local tourists at this stage). For the locals, this injected fun into the routine life. Julau also started its own festival this year.


Sarikei Pineapple Festival, 2008
Nyelong River on the right. Rejang River at the top.
View from Wisma Jubli Mutiara
Source: Desmond Chen


The epic centre of the Pineapple Festival activities was by the Nyelong River. This stretch of road seems to be the in place now for activities with the fresh Nyelong River Esplanade. Jalan Masjid Lama in front of Ngiu Kee department store was the favourite stretch before this trend.


Sarikei Pineapple Festival, 2008
Warm up by delegates at Nyelong Road
Source: Ahmat Aden Adai


Sarikei Pineapple Festival, 2008
Warm up by delegates at Nyelong Road
Source:
Ahmat Aden Adai


Warm up of the delegates started at 7am at Nyelong Road in front of the Sarikei District Council. Have you ever seen this road been closed before? Hmm ... I don't know about you but when I see that corner shop on the extreme right, it reminds me of the kom pia of the old days.


Sarikei Pineapple Festival, 2008
Onion Crackers
Source: Desmond Chen


Sarikei Pineapple Festival, 2008
Ubi Kayu Crackers
Source: Desmond Chen


In the processed food corner, who can resist these different types of crackers - onion, ubi kayu, tapioca, etc?


Sarikei Pineapple Festival, 2008
Food Stalls

Source: Desmond Chen


Sarikei Pineapple Festival, 2008
Food Stalls

Source: Desmond Chen


Sarikei Pineapple Festival, 2008
Food Stalls - BBQ Chicken

Source: Desmond Chen


What is a festival without the food, glorious food, to keep your hunger pangs at the Nyelong bay? Pardon the lame pun.


Sarikei Pineapple Festival, 2008
Street Basketball at Market Road
Source: Desmond Chen


Sarikei Pineapple Festival, 2008
Street Basketball at Market Road
Source: Desmond Chen


It's kind of nolstalgic to have a street basketball competition at Market Road in front of the now demolished basketball stadium. 8 teams of 3 on 3 competed for the honours. Yao Ming, one more slam dunk please.


Sarikei Pineapple Festival, 2008
Fishing Competition at Nyelong River Esplanade

Source: Desmond Chen


One of the favourite past time of Sarikei folks in the evening is fishing for your own dinner by the rivers. In this festival, this rod and hook skill was put to the test in a competition for the top prizes.


Sarikei Pineapple Festival, 2008
Catch of the Day? Hang on.
Fishing Competition at Nyelong River Esplanade

Source: Desmond Chen


Regatta, karaoke competition, food stalls, exhibition, fishing contest and basketball competition ... just to name a few activities of this mega Pineapple Festival. Looks like our beloved pineapple had to take a back seat and share the limelight.

4 comments:

NELSON said...

no doubt, a good way to boost the tourism industry of sarikei. p/s: St. Anthony's former teacher Mr. Lopez wrote a letter to my family as he had just known about my dad's calling. He sent his regards to all his former students and others. =)

Anonymous said...

Came across your blog while searching for Sarikei.

One question. What is the duration traveling from Kuching to Sarikei by car???

I am from KL. Thanks in advance.

willchua said...

One question. What is the duration traveling from Kuching to Sarikei by car???

It would take around 5-6 hours, depending on your speed.

Daniel Yiek said...

You can fly to Sibu too. From Sibu, it's a shorter road drive of 1 hr+ because there are bridges crossing the river. You can take taxi.

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