July 21, 2010

River Teku's Pink Enchantment

 Sg. Teku was settled by a group of Heng Hua people in 1912. The Methodist Heng Hua pioneers were very hardworking and cleared the area between Sg. Merah and Sg. Teku in no time. The community prospered as rubber prices shot up by the invention of the motor car (Ford). A Church (Methodist Sik Ang Tong) and a school (Kian Hing) were established. Later the Sg. Teku Methodist Clinic provided very good service to the local Ibans and the Heng Hua settlers too. A few wooden shops were built on the west bank of Sungei Teku  to encourage the ubiquitous bicycle and tyre shops and sundry shops.Today Sg. Teku has become suburban but the old shops although abandoned are still there.... Many of the rubber trees are still standing tall.

More than 40 years ago my classmates and I cycled all the way to Sg. Teku to visit our classmate Ling Teck Choon. The Sg. Teku was a big stream to us then and we enjoyed a small picnic. The naughty boys took a dip in the cold and red water. We girls were too scared and any way we were not prepared to swim. It would be nostalgic for me to see Teku again - this time in a Toyota !! It would have been great if we had ridden bicycles. But we were hard pressed for time. By the way I can still cycle in the Sibu Style : ride a bicycle and carry an opened umbrella for shade.

Thus I  was given a guided tour by Rajang Basin (Meng Lei) and Yi Fang (See Hua Daily News) to Sg. Teku to see how much this area has developed. So much change has taken place.(PHotos taken by Nikon Coolpix). In a way Meng Lei is like my genie in the lamp - my wishes could be granted.

 Sg. Teku surprised me. I was given a welcoming gift - the sight of several patches of pink flowers in the river.

These two photos are by Meng L's Pentax (rumoured to be the only one in Sibu)

"Pretty as a picture" is my caption for Meng Lei's photo....Seeing this watery scene transported me to an enchanted forest...

Thanks to Meng Lei for his photos...

And if only at night there were fire flies....my cup runneth over.


Anonymous said...

Are there fish in the river? What kind of fish are there?

khengsiong said...

Very serene place...

I also missed the days when I cycled to school...

Ghosty Nana said...

My mum recognise the river. hehehe. my kampung.

Sarawakiana@2 said...

Anonymous...I am sure there are fish in this river since it is not so polluted..will ask some friends there...next trip we will take a boat and follow the course of the river...

Sarawakiana@2 said...

Dear Kheng Siong
Sg. Teku is developing fast especially in the last five years...
Some parts are still beautiful. I hope some one will try to bring back the fireflies?

Did you study in SM Tiong Hin? My sister was a teacher there.

Sarawakiana@2 said...

Ghosty nana
What a small world indeed. Hope to meet up with you one day....

Ann said...

is this what I know as Sungei merah?

Ah Ngao said...

one glance,i know this river teamed with fish - ikan keli,ikan toman, ikan puyuh,ikan sepat,ikan..? - sure got fish lah. what's that plant in the water ?

Sarawakiana@2 said...

Dear Ann
No this is Sg. Teku which is on the road which branches from the road to Sg.Aup after the old airport.

I will post an article on Sg. Merah soon.

Sarawakiana@2 said...

Dear Ah Ngao
The plant is Cabomba Furcata or a relative....my friends will find out more soon...I am sure there are lots of fish there...especially ikan tioman.


Ghosty Nana said...

Remember to drop a comment on my post when you are in Miri. :)

sarawaklens said...

looks like a good place to fish indeed!

Sarawakiana@2 said...

Hi...sure! Will often drop comments in your blog....It is a real pleasure knowing you....

Sarawakiana@2 said...

I think this is a good place to fish too...and some good hearted people should also let some fish fries go free here...

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