Sunday, June 9, 2019

Season of pink and white poui blooms in Bintulu

A row of Poui trees along the Tanjong Kidurong Highway.
Its the season of pink and white Poui blooms in Bintulu right now. These large flowering trees were introduced to Bintulu about 34 years ago. Many don't realise that the first seeds of these trees came in a brown envelope in 1985 from Singapore.

There is a letter written by Arthur George Alphonso ( ex- Director of Botanical Gardens, Singapore) attesting to this story.
Please follow this link to see the letter and other stories about these beautiful Poui trees that came in to Bintulu by post.

and here...>>>>…/bintulu-trees-by-air…

(Note: This is a re-post from my FB, 12 May'19)

Memory down Keppel Road

Walking by the Town Fountain this afternoon, memories of the place suddenly flood my mind. I was fortunate to have lived for most of the time before it was made into a modern icon. In the 50's I used to play the wooden playground equipments there - see-saw, swings etc.. Used to pass the place at night after buying things from the wooden shophouse without fear even as a tiny kid cycling back home to our government quarters about 200 meters away. In the 60's as a school kid we joined in parades and watch the town's folks play basketball at one corner of the park. A tiny lucky number of us kids learnt roller skating on the concrete pavements there, Many concerts, fun fairs and trade shows were held there too. The place was called King George VI Memorial Ground back then and was the biggest park the town could afford in the 60's. Come the 70's when the first boom arrived , the memorial ground became suddenly very active and full of activities because many more people sought employment in the growing town. Activities dwindled in the area in the 80's when more open spaces and parks were developed outside of the town or in new satellite townships.
Today the place looks beautiful and serene without its nostalgic busy past. What is busy today is outside the park with cars endlessly passing around the place.

Please follow this link to see more stories of the place in another blog as in here...>>>…/King%20George%20the%20VI…
Seen are a group of teachers from SMK Bintulu (previously Bintulu Gov't Secondary School) having a photoshoot during Teacher's Day, 1976. At left of picture is Keppel Road.
(Note: The above is a re-post from my FB, 21 May'19)

Happy Gawai - Raya 2019

Sarawak is in the best of festive mood this month. To all my FB friends celebrating Gawai Dayak and Hari Raya Aidilfitri, where ever you may be, here's me wishing all the best of the seasons greetings.

( Note: The above is a re-post from FB, June 2019)

Flowering Angsana trees

Cruising into the heart of Kuching city, I was greeted by the beautiful golden yellow flowers of the Angsana trees (Pterocarpus indicus). These trees are huge and assist to ameliorate the urban temperature by its cool shade. But at times these trees exhibit massive tiny flowers that envelope the green crown and its a real beauty to experience the golden yellow carpet on the ground. These flowers exude a strong fragrance that is short-lived. I took some really beautiful showing of these trees in Bintulu sometime ago and please follow this link to see its splendour....>>>

 (Re-post from Facebook, 2 June'19)

Monday, February 11, 2019

Kuching Escapade Feb'2019

 This posting revives this blog for the year 2019.
On 8 Feb'19 I arrived Sarikei town after a brief stop-over at Bintangor.  At Bintangor I enjoyed the 'Suman Payak', Satay and Teh Tarik before proceeding the journey to Sarikei. Stayed the night at Sarikei and on Saturday left the town on the way to Kuching.
I checked out the Sarikei Central market and found some Illipe nuts sold at RM 2 per small basket.
Illipe nuts sold at the Sarikei Central Market.

Sarikei Central Market

Sarikei Central Market