Wednesday, May 21, 2008

After a hard day's work

While relaxing, a glass of "ijok" will be refreshing. "Ijok" is a type of wild palm ,the flower of which produces a milky sort of sap......which is locally called "Ayer Ijok". The process of obtaining "ayer ijok" is a bit tricky.......i'll explain this in the future.

This "ayer ijok" is non alcoholic in nature and thus not much fun or kick in drinking it. To make the drinking session more fun and enjoying, a type of tree bark is added in. This will start a fermentation process which release alcohol and the effect is some sort of slow but sooting. You'll only feel the "kick" after a few glasses.

After the drinking session, it's time to have dinner. In this way, you'll be in a win-win situation. What goes in should not goes out in the same way. If you eat first, then having a drinking session, this might not be true.......kih kih kih.

Well, it's time to go.

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These are rubber sheets and the smell here is terrible. Even though the smell is so strong, the cash from the sale is very encouraging. Price of rubber sheets like this could fetch prices up to RM 6.00++ per kilogram. (1USD=RM 3.30)

These are not rubbish. This is where they dumped scrap metals. Aluminum cans cost about RM 5.00++ per kilogram, bottles about RM0.20 each, Iron at RM0.50 per kilogram and used car batteries cost more than RM 10.00 each. So what do you see............heaps of money.

Fighting cocks are reared and bred just for one purpose, and that is for fighting. They are the warrior of the fowl world. They are trained day in day out and they are as fit as a fiddle and as ready as the soldiers.

This is a typical arena where cock fighting takes place. It's not just a sport, it's a business. On that day bets are placed on the favorite cock. Few thousands RM changed hands and usually winner takes all. Champion cocks became favorite and could generate better bets during the future fight. The owner could wear a broad smile because he could gain more RM.

This is "labi-labi", yellow skin as in this case. When sold, this species could fetched a very good the range of RM 50 to RM 60.00 per kilogram. Usually the owner will keep this for his own consumption. The occasion will not be an ordinary one, as this one is fit for the king. But in Malaysia, the King cannot eat "labi-labi".

Rural School

Natural Ventilation.

Connecting to the world by means of satellite.

A piece of legend.

The Floating Supermarket

This is the famous "Bandung" (Floating Supermarket) of the Rejang River. Usually supplies and goods that are loaded into these "bandungs" are from Sibu. Like wise, whatever commodities that are bought from upriver are then uploaded in Sibu. These "bandungs" usually make thier stop in places that do not have village shop.

This is the entrance. Those drums are storage for fuel for sale. Stacks alongside are usually fertilizers or animal feed. Also this space is used for storage of commodities like rubber sheets ,pepper or scrap metals. The living quarters is usually behind those locked doors.

This is how the inside looks like. This is the main area where goods for sale are on display. The freezers are for frozen meat and fish. Sometimes, they also buy meat (wild boar) and fish (exotic) and resale them along the way.

Space is indeed what it lacks. It was so crowded that you barely can move around.

Do you sacrifice safety for money? What if fire broke inside here, do you have time or is there space for you to make an escape?

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Village Shop II ( Wooden)

From my observation, i noticed that all the Rural Shops have Satellite Disc Installation. I also understand that, it is much cheaper to have one as the payment is one-off. Further more, there are more channels to choose from. phone got coverage.

Diesel Generators are used to generate electricity and it is only operating from evening till 10pm.
It looks as if the wiring is very old and could be a fire hazard.

Can you estimate the age of wood above? How thick is the dust?

These are salted fish. Much sought after..

Village Shop I ( Double Storey Semi Permanent)

Shop houses in the Rural usually located near localities with large population. The out look of the building itself reflects hows the business is doing.

Isolated shophouse like this is generally owned by the Chinese.

This particular shophouse looks clean and tidy. Scene like this shows that, the shop is situated near the government facility. In this case, it is near by a primary school.

Merchandise are hang orderly and nice to look at.


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