Sibu Sarawak revisited.

October 12, 2009

Ooookay, here it is, the slideshow that I mentioned with pics taken during my recent trip to Sibu.

You know for our upcoming book, we must have taken thousands of pics throughout Sarawak and Sibu being one of the major divisions warranted that special trip.

I’ve always liked Sibu, I don’t know, it could be that almost everyone there speaks Fuzhou or the fact that Sibu is one of those places that seems to stay the way it is – no hurry to catch up with anyone – laid back is what I am saying……

It’s an affluent town for sure; looking at some of the imported continental cars on the road and big mansions that could easily cost millions if this was in land scarce Singapore.

“Traditional” Kung Fu here doesn’t exist – Kung Fu is Kung Fu and there’s no segregation between “traditional” and “new”. Folks just do what they’ve been doing for the last 100 yrs since they first set foot at the turn of the last century.

The fact that the Fuzhou, not only survived but went on to succeed in Sibu means they must be doing something right.

And folks, they did not come with an army, guns blazing and all that, only 1118 men mostly farmers landed in Sibu and slowly and steadily built their community to what it is today.

Well, I am going to stop here; our book will be based on the Chinese story in Sarawak and you can expect that to go on sales sometimes early next year .

So next month when Chas gets here, he’ll get a first hand taste of Sibu – the “New Fuzhou” ….

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