I was away the past whole week. Together with Alex, we returned to Sarikei, Sarawak – Alex’s hometown. To reach Sarikei, we took 2 hours flight from KL and reaches Sibu Airport. From there, we traveled on road for 1 hour only to reach Sarikei town. I understand that many of you may not familiar with this place. Majority of the Chinese in Sarikei are Foochow dialect. If you ask me, can I speak Foochow language? Hmm…I would say a little. hehe….. It took me quite sometime to grasp part of it.
“Sarikei Division is one of the eleven administrative divisions in Sarawak, east Malaysia, located on the island of Borneo. Formerly part of the Third Division, which included Sibu and Kapit, Sarikei Division has a total area of 4,332.4 square kilometers, and is the second smallest of the administrative divisions of Sarawak.
Sarikei Division contains four administrative districts: Sarikei, Meradong, Julau and Pakan. The total population is 116,290. The population is ethnically mixed, with mostly Iban, Melanau, Malay and Chinese predominating.
The economy of the division is mostly agricultural. Sarikei Division produces more pepper than any other divisions in Sarawak. It is also famous for fruits, especially pineapples and oranges. The timber industry, as elsewhere in Sarawak, is also a major component of the local economy.“ (source from Wikipedia)
Would love to share some photos on landscape, buildings and people.
The first Pineapple Statue in Sarikei town located at Repok Road
Sarikei, better known as the Pineapple town that produces juicy and sweet pineapples.
Traders selling local fruits along the road. It was season of Durian & Langsat.
An old couple selling Dabai Fruit
An old hut located at former Nyelong River ferry jetty, operated for decades.
Sarikei Mosque located at Jalan Masjib Baru. Was told that it was completed since 1979.
St Anthony’s Church at Repok Road
Methodish Town Church at Repok Road
Majority of the resident here are Christians. Therefore you can see many churches.
Iban Longhouse at Sungei Minus, Jakar. The Ibans dwell in longhouses, stilted structures with a large number of rooms housing a whole community of families.
Boats parked along the Rejang River shore
Wooden jetty next to Rejang Wharf. (loving this photo very much)
Though I am not a Sarikeian, I do like this peaceful town and the people here are friendly too. Moreover they live in harmony.
14 thoughts on “Back from Sarikei, Sarawak”
Nice photos Melissa!
Thanks Baby Sumo =)
Indeed a nice post and I really like reading log cabins stuff on the web. You have beautifully explained the importance of wooden houses, log cabins and timber buildings industry. Keep up the nice posting as I have subscribed to your blog.
corrections, Melissa. There’s no white pepper plantation, so that means u can’t call a pepper plantation, black, either. And that is no government squatters. They are quarters. 😉
Winnie – Thanks for highlighting the mistakes.
Hi Mel.. what’s Dabai Fruit? How does it taste like? I am curious.
I agree with you, East Malaysian ppl live in harmonious ways and they never ever debate about racism. They are soft spoken too. There’s once I talk as usual with the Sarawakian they are in shocked, they thought I scold them haha and became timid and shy. I have to appologize and speak softly after that 🙂
Cheryl – yalo…all races dine under the same eatery without any problem or fuss. Ohh ‘Dabai’ hor…it looks abit like olive hor…but I’m not used to the taste. Its a seasonal fruit. The Sarawakians likes it alot.
Here’s the full explanation & cooking method—> http://mysarawak.wordpress.com/2008/07/09/dabai-fruit/
awesome photos! I miss food from Sarawak! Especially “dian bian wu”, something looks like pan mee.
Thank wyyv. Wahh…you know about this dish also! I like it too…I like to add more pepper on it 😉
helo melissa? i am a sarawakian and SARIKEIAN! hehehe 🙂
i miss sarikei a lot after reading your article..
i agree taht sarikei is really the food basket of sarwak.. and i likex100000000 the last pic…:)
Hi Tracy…. glad that u like them all….. & my frens said the same too…after looking at the photos…they misses their hometown very much :-p
Sarikei is a lovely place, and your pictures make it even more lovely.
Annie – Ya…indeed a peaceful town too. Thanks for appreciating them! 😉