Sibu The Swan City

25 Feb

Sibu is the third largest division in Sarawak, after Kuching and Miri.. it is named after the rambutan fruit, known as “buah sibau” in the Iban language..

Sibu division has three districts, namely Sibu, Kanowit and Selangau.. and the Sibu town is the capital of Sibu district..

the swan statue at Rajang Riverside Esplanade.. swan is the icon of Sibu town.. symbolises peace and prosperity, as well as the great development of Sibu town..

the Sibu Gateway.. one of the landmarks in the town..

the open stage at the gateway..

another large swan statue at Ling’s Swan Garden..

it is surrounded by twelve statues of Chinese zodiac animals..

the dragon..

the piggy..

the monkey..

i have passed over my job to Rooster.. okay.. bye..” :p

the fountain in the garden..

the smaller swan statues in Ling’s Swan Garden..

the tallest building in Sarawak,Wisma Sanyan..

night view of Wisma Sanyan.. with the moon..

the Sibu Town Square, just in front of Wisma Sanyan.. the largest town square in the country..

the swan couple..

the horses with globe..

the Rajang Port Authority..

the building looks like a ship from certain angle..

the Chuang Corridor, next to the town square..

street view in the evening..

shops in the town..

the town is located nearby the Sungai Rajang.. the longest river in the country..

the Sibu Wharf Terminal..

the cargo ships..

evening view at the wharf terminal..

the beautiful Sungai Rajang..

the Chung Hua primary school in town..

the school with the Wisma Sanyan at the back..

the Chung Hua kindergarten..

the Sibu Central Market.. the dry and wet markets are located on the ground floor, whereas the food stalls are on the top floor..

Urban Transformation Centre (UTC) is just next to the market..

at the centre of the town..

street view at Jalan Market..

there are hair salons, boutiques, footwear stores, grocery shops, restaurants and many more..

the building of Chinese Chamber of Commerce..

the walk path nearby..

the dolphins’ mascot..

the Star cineplex.. which has been now closed down..

the Rex cinema.. which is now a boutique..

the Palace Teatre.. which is now a hypermarket..

the multi-storey parking building..

the post office..

the post boxes along the wall of post office..

the fire station..

the Masland Methodist Church..

the Hoover Square, just next to the church.. it was built in conjunction with the celebration of the church’s 100th anniversary (1905-2005) and to commemorate the contributions of Rev and Mrs James Mathews Hoover in the growth of the Methodist Mission as well as in the livelihood of the people of Sibu..

the Tua Pek Kong Temple..

pagoda of the Tua Pek Kong Temple..

Masjid An-Nur..

the Sacred Heart Catholic Church..

word peace..

a Chinese temple nearby Bukit Assek..

the Lau King Howe Hospital Memorial Museum.. the hospital had served the people of Sibu for nearly 60 years (1936 ~ 1994)..

the museum showcases the medical instruments used in the hospital previously..

the night market is situated in the centre of the town..

the stalls offer variety of foods, clothes, footwear, household goods and many more..

wall art.. opposite the central market..

waiting for bus..  🙂

another wall art inside the central market..

UNIMAS teaching centre..

the current Sibu General Hospital.. started operations in 1994..

the Sibu Cultural Heritage Museum.. it was previously the administration building of Sibu Municipal Council..

there are a lot of nice foods in Sibu as well.. 🙂

the famous Kampua Mee..

this is Ding Bian Hu (known as bubur kuali in Malay language).. it is a rice flour-porridge cooked on the surface of a heated wok..

this is the Kompia.. the characteristic of Kompia is, there is a hole in the center of the bread.. it was originally invented by a Ming Dynasty Military General Qi Jiguang for his soldiers so the bread could be strung together and carried along during the war..

nowadays, there are few different types of Kompia serving..

the wet Kompia with stewed pork..

the dry Kompia.. the bread is crispy..

with minced pork..

the Kompia stall in the Sibu Central Market..

most of the restaurants in Sibu use paper box for tapao (take away) instead of polystyrene box..

the barbecue chicken and pork rice..

the dry Bak Kut Teh.. taste nice.. at T-time Coffee Shop, Jalan Sanyan..

the Nasi Ayam Penyet..  the sambal (local chili sauce) is really nice..

the stall opens in the evening only.. inside this restaurant.. 🙂

Bau The Little Town

29 Jan

Bau is a small town in Sarawak located about 30 km from Kuching..

the peoples here are mostly Bidayuh, Iban and Chinese Hakka..

it was once famous for being a gold mining town..

there are numerous of grocery shops, boutiques and restaurants in the town..

a small temple in the town..

the hawker centre..

the town is also famous with the Chinese style mixed curry rice..

this is the blue lake..

which was once the gold mining area..

the lake view..

it is now one of the attractions in Bau..

i like the reflection of clouds on the lake..  🙂

a butterfly.. resting nearby the lake..

Bau is also popular for its two beautiful limestone caves.. the Fairy Cave and the Wind Cave.. about 6 km away from the centre of Bau..

Fairy Cave is also known as Gua Pari-Pari in Malay language..

there is a four storey concrete staircase to reach the cave entrance..

there is an old steep and narrow staircase nearby.. it was previously used to enter the cave before the concrete staircase was built..

this is the cave entrance.. after the entrance just follow the footpath and going up some steep steps, which will lead into a huge cave..

ya, it is a huge cave.. just look at the size of the visitors in the picture above..

there are multiple stalactites and stalagmites..

some of the stones are mimicking statues..

the natural stone statue..

a stalactite with a drop of water on the tip..

there is an opening in the cave which allows the natural light shining through..

there are concrete footpath and steps that lead to the opening..

the cave opening..

the cave is conveniently accessible by stairs and footpath..

there are mosses and plants inside the cave..

on the walls..

as well as on the floor..

not far away from the Fairy Cave is the Wind Cave.. known as Gua Angin in Malay language..

this is the waiting area..

the cave entrance..

one can feel the breezing and refreshing air when first stepping into the cave..

the view before stepping into the entrance..

inside the cave it is very dark and a torch light is needed..

there is a wooden footpath about 1 km long which runs throughout the length of the cave..

the flowstones.. composed of sheetlike deposits of calcite or other carbonate minerals, formed where water flows down the walls or along the floors of a cave..

cave pinnacle.. formed when the upper part of the limestone is constantly dissolved by acidic water..

stalactite.. begins with a single mineral-laden drop of water.. when the drop falls, it leaves behind the thinnest ring of calcite.. each subsequent drop that forms and falls deposits another calcite ring.. an average growth for stalactite is 0.13 mm a year..

a swiftlet.. and the nest, which is mainly made of glutinous saliva..

the bat..

haha.. batman is not alone.. :p

bell-hole.. it is believed to be the markings of bats that cling onto the same position on the limestone in which they emit their respiration and urine causing the limestone to develop the hole..

mud bank and gravel.. as water seeps into the underground stream, it brings with it mud and gravel which remains on the surface after the water dries off..

there is a small stream meanders through the cave and joins the Sungai Sarawak Kanan.. which is one of the two major tributaries of the Sarawak River..

there are roots coming from the roof of the cave..

actually these roots are from the trees outside the cave.. the roots penetrate the cave to get water..

some of the roots are hanging half way..

and some have reached the floor of the cave.. the spirit of survival..!!

this is the opening of the cave in the other side..

which lead to the surrounding forest..

the wooden footpath..

the beauty of mother nature..

bamboo trees..

the Wind Cave has been gazetted as a nature reserve to protect the cave and its inhabitants, as well as to conserve a number or rare species in the surrounding limestone forest..

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