Monday, February 22, 2010

Festivals - Sarikei Chinese New Year 2010


Sarikei CNY 2010: Repok Road
View towards Rejang River from traffic lights



It's that time of the year again when a huge population across the world make their annual trip home. Sarikei is no exception as she is a huge exporter of students, labour and talent to other cities and countries due to a lack of higher educational opportunities and suitable jobs locally.




Sarikei CNY 2010: Repok Road
View towards Methodist School from traffic lights



This year the lights decoration had extended from Jalan Masjid Lama to Repok Road.

Sarikei saw a huge influx of cars and people. All races took the opportunity of the 9-day holiday to visit their loved ones and friends.



Sarikei CNY 2010: Jalan Masjid Lama
View towards Sarikei River from traffic lights



You had awkward moments with relatives whom you had not seen for a year or more. You smiled at the same awkward questions about your milestones in life.



Sarikei CNY 2010: Jalan Masjid Lama
View towards Sarikei River from traffic lights


You cracked the same old jokes with your friends. You wondered whether your high school puppy loves or old flames stole a glance at you nervously. You sought the same comfort food at the kopitiam (coffeeshops).



Sarikei CNY 2010: Jalan Masjid Lama
View towards Sarikei River from traffic lights



Something drew my attention to the lights above. It's a bird, it's a plane, no, it's a bird! I mean, birds! Were they the newcomers (swiftlets that are farmed for their nests) or were they the originals (swallows)?



Sarikei CNY 2010: Jalan Masjid Lama
View towards Sarikei River from traffic lights


As the camera zoomed in, these birds were found to have forked tails. It became obvious that these were the barn swallows that used to blanket the skies of Sarikei in the 1950s-1970s and carpet bombed the streets, cars and people with their droppings.



Sarikei CNY 2010: Jalan Masjid Lama
View towards Sarikei River from traffic lights


The swallows in the last picture had chosen the characters Fa Cai 发财 from the latern to settle for the night. It is apt at this juncture for me to wish everyone 恭喜发财 Gong Xi Fa Cai !

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Nice photos of the hometown. No traffic so you must have taken these at the wee hours.....

Daniel Yiek said...

The pics were taken after indulging in kam pua noodles at Hiek Lik kopitiam at midnight+. :)

Libanglibu said...

Last year i was opportunate to watch the CNY celebration along the main roads in Sarikei. It was noisy and hillarious. u know, those women with thick mke-up.

Sarawakiana@2 said...

Nice to see those lightings...

Really good to know the midnight scene.

Ando said...

Hey, the street is so clean, almsot as clean as Singapore's streets. This put KL's street to shame.

Yan said...

Thanks for the memories!

I am still amazed how the starlets perched on the wires in an orderly manner, the space between the birds evenly spread!

Libanglibu said...

sooner rather than later i'll return to sarikei. now with baby girl in tow.

长竹 said...

燕子跟灯笼。
拍得很漂亮有意思,我就没想到要拍到这种的美丽。!
你也把泗里街这个燕子城拍成了历史!
有机会,可以参加沙龙比赛呢!

Robin Wong said...

hi sarikeian. sarikei is so nice through your lens that I could hardly recognise. good job dude. =)

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