January 15, 2010

More Sirikin Photos

A little boy in one of the shops.

An old Chinese door! This is one of the indicators that Sirikin is at least 50 years old!

The old Chinese door properly pulled and locked. Note the slot for opening the lock in the middle. This is one panel specially made up of one removeable slat. French windows are similarly designed. I really admire the hinges which are really made to last a life time! Today so many hinges just drop off after a few years. And these wooden panels are really made to last! Excellent workmanship.

"I have found this baju. Which colour do you want? "
In Body Language what does touching the nose mean? (a. Mind your own business b. don't worry c. You are not telling the truth d. she is joking only)

Gold here is less than 120 ringgit per gm.

This is my Chinese New Year outfit!

Goldilocks found six little chairs!

Father entertaining child while mother shops till she drops.

Sea shell curtains.....


Daniel Yiek said...

Where is the word Sirikin derived from? Sarikei's old name is Siriki

Sarawakiana@2 said...

Dear Daniel

I will have to ask my Bidayuh friends. May be it could even be Indonesian. Cheers.

Ah Ngao said...

waa...they put the gold items like that on sale??

Sarawakiana@2 said...

Ah Ngao

Ai ya....imitation ones only lah.....

Sirikin has police walking around...but fairly discreetly. More at the front portion looking after may be the parking...

Parking costs 2 ringgit and you pay to the "boy" (forgot to take a photo of him)...just like in Jakarta.

Fairly safe place.

Sarawakiana@2 said...

Got the answer! My Bidayuh friend said that Sirikin is the name of the tributary that flows by the settlement. Sg. Sirikin is a small tributary which flows into Sg. Sarawak Kanan. You can see that on a good map!!
There is no meaning in modern days for the word. May be in the distant past there was a special meaning. The sound is nice.


Daniel Yiek said...

Thanks for asking your Bidayuh friend... I'm very keen to find out what the word means. There's even a Sirik island at the mouth of the Rejang River. Maybe it comes from the word sirih

Sarawakiana@2 said...

Yes it is always good to find out the meaning of a Name or the origin of the name.

The Bidayuh have their own explanation of their names etc. but geographical names are just names of rivers and places.

the Malays have their specialty in naming their places (Sentul) after fruits or (Nibong Tebal) trees or the physical features (Alor Star or Bukit lereng)of the area.


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can i know... sarikin open every day or weekend only

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