January 24, 2017
The Chinese will stick a red piece of paper with two words written on it Chang Man or "always full" on rice barrels, ceramic rice containers, or wine canisters,and barrels as very auspicious labels.
This will make the God of Fortune smile on the owners.
When Chinese New Year comes around, all these containers and receptacles will have new paper stickers.
The stickers auger positivity in the homes especially.
This is the signboard of a Miri Chinese cafe. Its name is Chang Man, or Always Full.
January 8, 2017
this well has been recently "refurbished" for church use in Kwong Hua area. It was probably dug in 1903 when the Foochow pioneers first arrived.
Well water is often considered cleaning and tastier than river water. When the Rajang became very polluted this well continued to give forth good clean water.
We continue to believe in a God whose grace is sufficient for us.
January 7, 2017
In 1972 my mother was desperately in need of blood and my uncle arranged for her to buy 2 pints of blood. For her next operation a few years later, she was able to obtain free blood because another uncle of mine was a blood donor. Paying 700 dollars for a pint of blood was an astronomical sum in those days.
It was difficult to obtain blood in Sibu and many trishaw drivers who took patients to the Lau King Howe Hospital also made a few bucks from their blood. The non Bumi patients were only too willing to pay. In fact one man was even willing to provide blood either from himself or from his group of friends for a fee.
Several years later, Dr. Judson Sakai ensured that all Sarawakians should have free blood from Red Crescent Blood Bank. That also stopped hospitals calling up Dayak students in Upper Forms to donate blood. Even in 1974 my husband was called to donate a pint of blood to save a Chinese woman in Limbang from her death. He of course did not charge for his blood. Many students in Tanjong Lobang also were hauled by the hospital in Miri to give blood.
To encourage people to give blood, the hospital awarded the donor with a bottle of Guiness Stout or a bottle of Brand's Essence of Chicken and two eggs after the transfusion.
Our English Principal Mr. KV Wiltshire was very ahead of his time and he encouraged all of us his Sixth Form Students, above the age of 18 to give blood and to save lives. He also got his wife, Pauline to donate as often as possible. He was training us to be Socially Responsible.
This newspaper cutting from See Hua Daily News, reports Methodist School students donating blood. The donor is Datin Siti Zahrah b.Datuk Hussaini. Standing are from left, Tan Kui Chiang and Sheila Kang.
The photos are by Wong Meng Lei who has written much about the history of the Foochows in his blog, The Rajang Basin, SIBU
Here are some photos of 光華與丁興俊故居位置圖
The house was was built in 1936.
thank you Meng Lei for the lovely photos.