May 23, 2012

Sibu Connections in May 2012


Highlights of my  latest Sibu Visit......

In a special service at Tien Dao Tang I met up with my old neighbour of No.4A Airport Lane 7  Ho Ah Huong who happens to be a descendant of one of the Heng Hua Pioneers..We should be calling them the First Families of the Heng Hua Clan of Sibu. Ah Huong has been a wonderful neigbhour for many years. ...she has so enriched the lives of my family..my mother and her mother had conversations known as Duck and chicken dialogue one speaking in Heng Hua and one speaking in foochow but they both would walk way fully understanding each other and with happy memories. May Ah Moo's soul rest in peace...Ah Moo was a good Christian who would walk miles and miles to deliver Bible tracts and ask people to go to church..and she was a good bicycle rider in her young days. Ah Huong remains single to serve her mother all the days of her life. some of her sisters have settled overseas.


Attending the Centennial Anniversary Dinner of the Tien Dao Methodist Church of Sungei Merah at Kingwood Hotel..this was definitely the special moment..a 70+ year old lady was the star of the dance...every moment was rhythmic and full of joy. God is merciful and blessing the Heng Hua People....and especially this lady...(Photo by Meng Lei)
God answered my prayers - My Kingwood Duck stuffed with Glutinous Rice..this dish was served at the Centennial Anniversary Dinner. My newly found Tiong cousin sitting next to me exclaimed "You must surely like this dish!! or glutinous rice??" My friend Yi Fang made sure I had the biggest portion I ever had in my life!! Thank You Lord for your blessing...I can rightfully say that "I am afraid we don't have this quality duck dish in Miri..." the skin is crispy..the glutinous rice is full of mushrooms and chestnuts...and the duck extremely succulent and not too salty...furthermore it is hot!!" The next trip I will pre order this and my friends and I can savour this again...What about 2 ducks? Great Kingwood Duck...compliments to the chef.
Ida's house is a good base for me in Sibu now....my mother and sisters have moved to  Kuching. "Aunty Ida "  or "Miss Ida" has always opened her house to friends and students alike...it is a wonderful place to relax and chat..surrounded by beautiful plants and lovely wall hangings and photos
Kompia is a must in Sibu - Civic Centre outlet
A highlight of any Sibu trip is often a visit to a dear friend. This trip Ida Mamora and I visited a good friend who  was preparing a basket of flowers for his special meeting....When people who share the same hobby of flower cultivation there is just so much joy in the garden.....(Photo by Sarawakiana)
Another highlight - Sharing a joyful moment in the Methodist Office for T and B...Meng Lei giving out Steve Ling's  95 year old mother's book..to International Friends - Bishop James Kwang (second from left) from Australia and Lu Toh Ming (first on right) from the US...Ting Sing Kong is second from right. Meng Lei is a very hardworking blogger and outstanding Sibu historian and photographer. He has also written more than 10 significant books. He is very very energetic. If you want to go jungle trekking or mountain climbing with him...you might not be able to catch up with him....(Photo by Sarawakiana)
Another highlight is the arrival of 7 Putien sisters to Sibu. This photo was taken by Meng Lei...100 years ago Rev Ling Kai Cheng set foot in Sibu with the Heng Hua Pioneers. Rev Ling Kai Cheng was the founder of The Methodist Message and the Methodist Book Room.


What a good trip home!! Hope you like my highlights.....
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(P/s////Every small moment is a precious moment to me...actually.)

7 comments:

wenn said...

I love those beautiful flowers..

Sarawakiana@2 said...

Thanks...Wenn they are grown by a good friend who may continue to venture into vegetable (edibles) gardening because these orchids and roses are too time consuming...I hope photos of his flowers would keep our memories alive....He can grow the biggest flowers you can ever find!!

Anonymous said...

very informative.

Sarawakiana@2 said...

Thank you anonymous...

Ann said...

knew quite a few Heng Hua families, Martin Ho's dad and my dad went back a loooong way.

Sarawakiana@2 said...

Ann..that's right..Martin Ho's father was a good man...and I think the Heng Huas are very good and God fearing people in general (at least it was the general concept) in those days...

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