Many homes in Fuzhou are now equipped with new kitchen facilities. However I did manage to take a photo of an old style Foochow stove.
this reminds me of my childhood days in Sibu before we constructed our new building in Brooke Drive. My mother saved hard to put up a five storeyed two unit building and named it Takang Building in memory of my late father. This building was completed in 1978 but not too long ago my family sold it to one of the Ting families who renovated the place and is now called Orchid Hotel.
The old wooden house we had in Brooke Drive had a stove like this. At that time we never thought of photographing our very own stove!! Later in life I became very very keen on socio - anthropology and started to photograph almost everything within my budget!! Now wherever I go I take photographs and do a photo-documentary as soon as I reach home. This is also recorded in my two blogs : Sarawakiana and Sarawakiana@2. My older records (before computer or BC) were all handwritten. Photos of course are of different sizes and pasted in the ablums or scrap books. And many were printed by Art Friends of Sibu.
I would encourage every one to keep a good record of things they see and things they do. Even a small scrap book would be meaningful to a future generation.
I met a very well educated Director of Archives in
Fuzhou. He said
You can go and be President
But I will remain as an antique collector.
(Foochow pin yin
Nii kuo jo jun tung
Ngui kuo siew goo tung....)
So in my own capacity I will take photos.......and write and write and write.....