For those who don't recognise this block, you should be caned. This is the block you see when your car stops at the only set of traffic lights in downtown at the junction of Repok Road and Jalan Masjid Lama. If viewed from Rejang River, this is Block 5 Right if you include the Bank Road block as Block 1 Right.
Sarikei Repok Road Block 5. Early 1950s
Right-Left: No. 36, 38, 40, 42, 44, 46 Repok Road, followed by Bai Sheng cinema
Observe that the block had almost finished construction. How do we deduce the date of this picture? After the block, find the old Bai Sheng 百勝 cinema which stood at the location of the current Oriental Hotel block. We have featured a 1953 picture of this cinema before (see below) so this is after 1953. Bai Sheng was owned by Kong San, a Hakka from Kwong Sin 廣新of No. 11 Wharf Road.
After the cinema, you can spot the top of the old Methodist Church.
The parents of some of the younger readers were born in the private maternity ward (name?) above No. 36 in the early 1960s. Was the ward open in the late 1950s?
The ward also did ear piercing. There was no anaesthetic or antiseptic then so they will rub your ear lobe with ginger before piercing.
To determine the gender of the baby then, relatives would stream in to open the diaper (home made version with clothes) to have a peep inside the strategic zone that had been dusted with fragrant talcum powder. Oh! It's a (boy/girl).