The house is very airy and comfortable. A visit to the house takes you back 40 years into the past!! They have kept many of the old "stuff" and continue to use them in the kitchen and in the other parts of the house.
One old fashioned habit continues - "hanging treasured photos from China on the wall in the living room". In a way they still feel connected to China of the 1900-1920.
|Happy and well loved Ah Ing who is now in her 80's. She is wearing a sarong in the heat of the day like Elle Mcpherson!!|
|Cousin Wong holding up an old Foochow Hui Keen (or tong) standing next to the wood framed mud stove. (PHoto by Wong Meng Lei)|
We were entering a living Foochow pioneer museum and we just could not stop asking questions which made them very happy. Our hour with them was a respite for them too. They had been living a quiet life.
Ah Ing told me that the next day she would visit the big hospital in Sibu for treatment. It really sounded like a well planned trip my grandmother would have made 50 years ago!! But then she and Hieng Kiu would be going by motor bike!! And the bridge across the Igan would make their travel so much easier. Half an hour instead of the two hours by motor launch.
|Wong Hieng Kiu - they live in a dust free and unpolluted home!!|
|Lovely view of the river from their house.|
They have not been left behind by time!
they have a tv and a radio. Their children have gone to college and a daughter in law is a trained graduate teacher
They are using gas from tanks. A motor bike serves them well. Piped water and government electricity supply make their life so easy ....
Newspapers keep them well informed and the Methodist Church almost next door gives them a lot of moral support. Six families near by make a good cluster of a small village. In line with Sarawak local government set up they could actually elect a Tuai Rumah or Tua Kampong.!
This area has a Penghulu who lives not too far away.
Sibu is just half an hour away...You would give up city life for a nice wooden house in Nang Chong..where there is no pollution But the dangers of floods and erosion would be looming over your heads if we think seriously about setting up home on the banks of the Rajang at this particular point .
However there is a small trickle of people moving back to Nang Chong now to rear ducks and to live an environmentally friendly life.
What will the next 30 years be like? No one can really tell. But definitely there will be more changes.