Saturday, March 7, 2009

Who Say Sibu is Not Beautiful?

Have been shooting and collecting some evening and night scenes of Sibu lately. I should say Sibu is more beautiful at night than during day time. What say you? The above picture was taken at 7.03 pm at Jalan Kampung Nyabor near Apollo KTV.

For half an hour or so every evening between 6.45pm to 7.15pm, much of Sibu's sky is darkened by thousands and thousands of swallows and swiftlets as they return to their nests and resting places on the buildings and trees.

I see my shadow on the wall in this picture taken at 6.06 pm at The Ark Cafe and Gallery at Rajang Esplanade

I moved to the upper floor of The Ark to take this picture of a jar partially and dimly glowing in the setting sun at 6.48pm.

And stepping out to the open air section of the cafe, I took this picture of the express boat terminal a few seconds later.

Earlier at 18.16pm , I was at the Kingwood Hotel area and noticed this beautiful boat "Okume" owned by a friend who made tons of money in Africa cutting and selling Okume logs. Peter, when are you bringing me for wine and "makan angin"....on your pleasure boat?


This poor creature,(the swan) the symbol of Sibu, stands in the muddy and dirty water since the day it was born. But at sunset, she is most beautiful, thanks to the colourful sky.

These steel structures, don't know built for what purpose at the Rajang Esplande, silhouetted against the evening sky at 17.57pm. I like the long shadows on the floor.

One evening last month, I took these 2 pictures at the Tua Pek Kong Temple while devotees were praying and making their offerings.


Beside at the Tua Pek Kong Temple where you will always see billows of smoke, the other place must be the Pasar Malam (night market) Taken at 20.39pm, the thick smoke from the charcoal had largely blocked the view of the entire food stall. From another angle taken at 20.41pm, we could see clearly a delicious parade of food neatly arranged on the trays.


Last evening I went out taking photos again, trying to find some strategic points on higher ground without much success. I originally intended to take some photos of the entire Pasar Malam but finally had to be contended with only some side views.

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

Very nice pictures. Thank you.

The population of swallows grew proportionally with the human population? We didn't have so many of them in town.

Nelson said...

Superb photos of Sibu.
What more important is the people of sarawak, at sibu pasar malam, you will see chinese, malays and ibans operating side by side. With stalls selling roasted pork to stalls selling satays, what a UNITY.

Less we forget, sarawakians are all over the frontiers of the world PIONEERING AND DARING themselves into businesses in as far as the wild continents like africa, south america, the pacific islands and russian taiga.

It is high time to promote SIBU specifically and SARAWAK generally to THE WORLD.



Sarawak AT ITS BEST!

Daniel Yiek said...

Nice pics. Interesting to see the swarm of swallows.

suituapui said...

Sibu's simply the best! Just compare it to towns in West Malaysia...eg the one where my daughter is right now, yucks!!! So miserable, so dirty!!!

Philip said...

anon:The population of the birds would quickly outnumber people if no actions are taken to chase them away. Most of them are not the swiftlets which make the edible and valuable nests.

Nelson:Agree with you 100%. You better return to Sarawak and stand for the next election...become YB and properly manage and promote Sarawak.

Daniel: May be Sibu has as much birds as Sarikei.A wonderful sight, but also creating a lot of problems especially the shits.

Stp: Sibu indeed has changed quite a lot over the past 15 years, but a lot more still can be done.How come that town so backward and dirty? Under BN or PR?

Aaron C. said...

Thanks for making me miss Sibu even more..... HAHA..

Mrcoolku said...

Nice photos. I like the first most. :) Sibu is not the most beautiful but it is the best place to live. :)

Bengbeng said...

i like the 9th pic most. the shadow effect n the coloring

sarawakiana said...

Beauty lies in the eye of the beholder.

When Sibu was just a simple town it was already beautiful.

I would like to cherish the inner beauty too.

suituapui said...

Was under BN...and now under the PR, and no sign of any change or improvement!

What I cannot stand is negatively-inclined people, locals and from elsewhere, going thru all the trouble to take photos of all the not-so-complimentary things around and post them in their blogs - as if trying to smear the image of our lovely town!

Like I said, it IS nice...and a lot nicer than many other places in all kinds of ways. Keep up the good work!!!

-eiling- said...

Sibu is beautiful! Especially the view you captured at the upper floor of the Ark. Impressive.

Philip said...

Aaron:Miss Sibu or miss family? Haha, just 2 hours flight ma, you can always come back.

Mrcoolku:Thanks for dropping by.It is still a good place to live, that is if flood water does not come to the roads and to our rooms!

Bengbeng:Thank you.It is good to shoot against the sun sometimes.

Sarawakiana: Yes,the inner beauty of Sibu lies in the overwhelming hospitality that Sibuians are justifiably famed for.

Stp:If the intentions to criticize and complain are noble, it is acceptable, to me at least.But how many poeople, in BN or PR, are genuinely working towards the betterment of Sibu?

eiling:Is that an indication that...we should have a romantic sunset dinner at The Ark?

Aaron C. said...

HAHA.. Who sponsor me to go back? I don't mind...

Philip said...

aaron: haha, will convey your complaint of no money going back home to MC when I meet him!

Kengkaru Kong said...

I like Sibu... its been 8 years since my last visit to Sibu... kind of miss it!

thanks for sharing this pics, Rubberseeds!

Philip said...

kengkaru: Welcome to my blog. You should revisit Sibu...it has progressed and changed quite a lot over the last 8 years.