Nothing stays the same…

As time goes by, things change…and so it is with Sibu town. There was a small wooden church here right in the heart of town but look at it now…

Methodist church, Sibu

I must say that I am glad that they have retained its exterior appearance somewhat and it still looks like a church unlike some of those horrendous modern structures that attempt to pass off as solemn places of worship.

As you walk around the town, you may catch glimpses of the old Sibu…

Blacksmith Road, Sibu

…but even in this row of shophouses, some of which have retained its original form, the pavement is no longer what it used to be like. Of course, this tiled five-foot way…

Sibu - tiled pavement

…looks a whole lot nicer than the way it used to be – just plain concrete or cement.

Some of the shops have been modified and may look quite different from what they were like before…

Sibu - shops 1

…and some have been restored…

Sibu - Old Street

…and made to Β appear more appealing. Of course, they’re not exactly like what they used to be anymore, I’m afraid.

This is the “newer” part of Sibu town…

…and it being sunny and dry lately, those trees have started to bloom, their flowers looking like those cherry blossoms in countries like Japan and others in the temperate regions.

In fact, it was so hot that day that an interesting phenomenon evolved…

Ring around the sun 7.6.2012

– there was a rainbow-like ring around the sun but of course, that was only temporary. After a while, it was gone…

That’s life, I guess. Nothing stays the same, nothing lasts forever…

Author: suituapui

Ancient relic but very young at heart. Enjoys food and cooking...and travelling and being with friends.

30 thoughts on “Nothing stays the same…”

  1. Oh, no wonder you said it looks like Japan… yes, for a moment, I thought you put up Japan scenery esp the last two pictures…

    Ya…and to think that when the authorities first planted those trees to beautify the town, those anti-everything-you-do went and chopped them down…or poured petrol into the roots or burnt rubbish beside them with the intention of killing all of them. Now, I see people stopping by the road to take photographs everytime they bloom. I really wonder about the mentality of some people…

  2. yeah, i think it’s really good to preserve the heritage and historical buildings.. i read the paper the other day, they compare the banks of london in 1927 and 2012, i didn’t see much changes except that there are more modern buildings in the far background in 2012.. i really admire how they preserve the old buildings…

    For one thing, their buildings are made of stone, hard concrete and not wood or cement. Plus their weather is not as humid as ours.

    But yes, I do agree that we should preserve anything worth preserving and I mean, in their original state. I do not think those efforts to modify and “make them look better” do them justice…like in our neighbouring country – very pretty, looks like one giant fairyland but it has lost its authenticity – the beauty is gone…like those in Penang or for that matter, Jalan Petaling. What about Jonker Street in Malacca? They seem to have done a lot there – a real tourist attraction now – so crowded all the time, I see in a lot of blogs. It certainly looks different from the last time I was there some 10-20 years ago…when the river was still black, dirty and smelly.

  3. yay, it’s a break and breather from FOOD post today!!! hahaha~~ :p

    As the English proverb goes, every dog has its day… πŸ˜‰

  4. I like the last photo of the rainbow ring! Very pretty.

    It certainly is. My daughter took that one. So very hot, the old man refused to get out of the car. LOL!!! πŸ˜€ I asked to help take the photos of the flowering trees…and then she noticed the ring so she snapped a few shots of it.

  5. Time change, places change but I bet you never change in the way you treat your family and friends. That’s why everybody knows you loves you!

    Ya…hopefully, that will not change…in time.

  6. Nice photos! I like the shot of the methodist church on top.

    Anytime nicer than where you are now eh? Our good ol’ Sibu town… LOL!!! πŸ˜€

  7. You as the food mayor of sibu better ensure the taste of kompia and kampua stays the same! Err, fried misua too… Let’s hope I get the kapit thingie and will be dropping by sibu more often!

    Sure! Sure! I think I have to invest in a reinforced stainless steel bed, then you can put up with me when you’re in town for weekends and so on… Hehehehehehe!!!! πŸ˜‰

    1. Sheesh! U are not suggesting we sleep together aren’t u… I do sleep soundly, I meant SOUNDLY!

      Tsk! Tsk! No bed will survive that. I have a spare room upstairs, no lift…so I guess have to get a steel bed for you – put in the computer/store room downstairs…and you can sleep there. Hehehehehe!!!!

      1. Gosh, if Arthur and you, wks are to share a bed,not only the bed has to be reinforced, so does the whole foundation of the house!! Make sure Arthur add in sound proofing too:)

        Muahahahahaha!!!! Earthquake!!!! πŸ˜€

  8. Historical & heritage buildings should be well-preserved. Some ds bring back sweet memories. The last pix looks nice and it is very rare we came across this phenomenon. Have a great weekend, Arthur.

    I’ve seen that once before – during the official opening of the Sacred Heart Cathedral here in Sibu many many years ago.

  9. You forgot to add the picture of Sibu’s icon…YOU!..hehehe

    Well, I’m not spared either… Growing older by the day…and no way to restore. 😦

    1. amboi amboi … sedap nye mengata orang… nanti aku pelekong dengan kompia baru tau… hahaha… ** go google what is pelekong (bahasa ganu)**

      Oh? You want to pelekong me with kompia, anak singkong? Make sure it’s the sweet type – that’s softer… LOL!!!

      1. Wks.. U think org Tganu only tau apa tu pelengkong, meh… Hahaha.Don’t forget I’m a Nyonya. Our bahasa lagi teruk.. Lol!

        …can google pelengkong…but up till today, I dunno what’s anak singkong – only know the song. LOL!!!

  10. Some changes are good. If everything stays the same, life would be frustrating.

    Yes, but we must make sure that the changes are for the better…not for worse.

  11. Nice shots…you must be using a very good camera to captures those nice pictures.

    No leh…my same ol’ digicam. Can’t afford anything better. 😦

  12. At least churches in Sarawak look like churches. Over here, most churches are within shophouses. Maybe due to there are not too many Christians around?

    That’s the same comment my friend from Terengganu made when she visited Kuching some years ago. Ya, you’re from here so you would know that we have a lot of nice, big churches in town…but there are some in shophouses as well.

  13. …and nothing lasts forever, and we both know hearts can change.

    …and it’s hard to hold a candle, in the cold November rain. πŸ™‚

    Nice shots of Sibu mate. Love it, I’m coming home soon!

    Oooo…Guns n Roses eh? Love that song! Great for cold rainy nights. Ya, see you i a few days. πŸ˜‰

  14. That’s a beautiful shot! (the last pic) The sun ring over the blooming tree is just so perfect.

    Credit should go to my daughter. Old man, fat and lazy, just sat in the car and waited. Hehehehehe!!!! πŸ˜‰

  15. Hey Sibu does looks like a nice town, something like Ipoh. I like the heritage shop houses and they are our treasure.

    Nicer than Ipoh, the old town part – and not so jammed and a lot cleaner.

  16. Thanks for sharing the beautiful photos, excellent click.

    Welcome. Sibu doesn’t look too bad, don’t you think? And notice how it’s so clean? πŸ˜‰

  17. The 6th picture looks good! For a moment I thought it was Japan. Must be the flowers.

    That was just the beginning. Now, most of the trees are blooming full swing. Such a pretty sight! πŸ™‚

  18. That’s the only constant in life, change. I’m happy to see these glimpses of your world, for better or worse πŸ™‚

    Thanks for choosing to share your link this week at ‘My Corner of the World’!

    1. Most welcome. I’m enjoying it myself…very much, very interesting. Now I am looking forward to next Wednesday to see which blogpost of mine I would like to share and link.

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