Sarikei’s Swiflets

18 Mar 2011 – Happy 37th Bday Linn, my first-born!

Check into King’s Inn on Wed for the same price as Dragon’s Inn. The room here has the river view and the hot water works, also more convenient to the bus station and boat terminal. The King won over Puff, the mighty dragon who ceased his fearless roar 🙂

Thu: last night the sky opened to rain cats and dogs but what a refreshing morning stroll by the river to the central market!  Morning sky dotted with swiftlets flying in and out of their nests. Only a few species of swiftlets are renowned for building the saliva nests used to produce the unique texture of bird nest soup. This delicacy costs app MYR4,000-5,000 per kilo! The edible ones are among the most expensive animal products consumed by humans, thus a lucrative but polluting business if one is not familiar of the know-how! These nests have been used in Chinese cooking for over 400 years.

The central market (new district office block in the background) has abundance of fresh, organic produce which made me want to cook! Between the veggies and the bird nest which is rich in nutrients and are traditionally believed to provide health benefits, such as aiding digestion, raising libido!! improving the voice, alleviating asthma, improving focus and an overall benefit to the immune system, one could be disgustingly healthy 🙂

Taman Merdeka, Pasar Sentral, Sarikei River Esplanade, Sacred Tree by the river

New Elfa Cafe, Rajang River T2, Temple-to-be! by the river

Old District Office & Court/1937, Chinese Chambers of Commerce/1940, Civic Center/1987.

Life revolving around  Jalan Wharf and the bus and river terminals…

Fri: appreciations to the people who took time to see and talk to me and a special thanks to Stephen CHEN & family who went out of their way to make me feel more than welcome. Heading upstream to Sibu at noon. The choice between the muddy brown water or the highway. For this stretch, will opt for the mud but will consider the highway back to KCH, then will have tried all mode of transport to this area 🙂

It is better to spend money like there’s no tomorrow than to spend tonight like there’s no money – Irish Toast!