Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Morning walks in Sibu

Recently I spent a night in Sibu; the next morning I decided to walk through the town at six in the morning and sketch what I see.
This is a view of the rear of  shophouses are near the Tua Pek Kong temple; there are some interesting shops in them. Th Cafe Cafe is a good place for lunch with reasonably priced dishes in a cool inner courtyard space accompanied by nice music. The Transit bookshop is worth a visit as well with its off-the-beaten track selection of books.
  I like these old shop houses because the proportions are correct, with the pitched roofs and the verandahs running down the sides of the shops - they have a high degree of articulation. Sibu town at 6 is already busy with people shopping for produce and having breakfast.
This vista of the SMC would look even better lit up at night and framed by the two row of dark shops.
 These two buildings flank the Central Padang which is Sibu's version of the village green; people take their morning walks here, some ladies were practicing their folk dancing while children walk to school. My favourite part of the morning as a school boy - the anticipation of the day ahead. So different the things I looked forward to then - an interesting story from a friend or a teacher, getting marks back, going to the Park to sketch for art class. (I was a bit of nerd, as you can tell)
The nicest touch on the Sibu morning was the swiftlets circling around overhead as life went on below them.


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  2. such a poetic post. the best thing i like about sibu apart from its gastronomic food is the old scent of the town and also the close-knit community:)

    nice sketches they are!

  3. 向著星球長驅直進的人,反比踟躕在峽路上的人,更容易達到目的。............................................................

  4. Love the sketches, Min.

    And thank you for the blurbs.


  5. hi, Ar Min. im Albert, was there in datum kl for the talk on Second nature with Mr Tay and Ar Philip. im from sibu, and taking my Bachelor of Architecture(Applied Science) in Limkokwing Cyberjaya. im having mu holiday now, i was wondering if i can have the permission of going in into the construction site of the SMC at Jalan Channel Road? wanna cathc the opportunity to snatch some pictures of the construction before completion. hope to hear from you soon. Thank you.