It's yet another lunar new year. I travelled by car from Kuching to Sarikei. The road and traffic condition was great on CNY's eve and we managed to reach home in 5.5 hours. (On the way back to Kuching, there was flooding at Serian.)
This year, the festive lights along Jalan Masjid Lama has doubled with 2 almost parallel rows of lights (see picture). Around 100-200 swallows were spotted hanging out on these electricity cables. It's definitely not like the thousands that swarmed Sarikei in the 1970s.
I met some of my blog readers and they didn't recognise me. They said I looked heavier in the profile picture and asked me to update my picture. Well, Sarikei is the star of this blog while I should be in the background penning the journey so it's not important to know who I am. Sometimes I add personal anecdotes to make the posts lighter to read rather than just writing dry facts.
I managed to collect new content for 2009. Hint: I met an 81-year old ex-Anthonian teacher, found old black and white pictures in his family album and interviewed a star sportsman of Sarikei. How long can this blog last? Frankly, I don't know. The answer is when the content runs out sometime this year.
There were less fireworks and firecrackers compared to last year but still, the party started at around 11.45pm on CNY's eve with a bang for half an hour. Turn up the volume for the 37-second video below filmed at Nyelong Park.
Have a good new lunar year. Happy 牛 year!