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Showing posts with label nostalgia. Show all posts
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Friday, November 26, 2010

Hidden History@ Indian Mosque Lane in Kuching.


The India Street derives its name from the fact that it has always been a street occupied by the Indian Shops. Most of the Indians are from the southern and northern India. At first, it was called as the Kling Street in the 1850’s, but the Third White Rajah of Sarawak, Sir Charles Vyner Brooke changed the name to India Street in 1928.
In 1992, the street was closed to vehicular traffic and converted into a pedestrian mall.




A small passageway (locally known as “Lorong Sempit”) that connects India Street Pedestrian Mall and Gambier Road.  A popular short-cut for shoppers who patronized the area. Built originally as the access to the Indian Mosque located between the Mall and Gambier Road. The doors and steps which marked the beginning of the passageway from the Mall side have been restored in their original state since early seventies.


Indian Mosque Lane is a narrow passageway locally known as "Lorong Sempit".This small lane lead to Gambier Road.The lane is so narrow that at section only one person can walk pass at anytime.



If you follow this passageway you'll pass a small Mosque hidden away in the middle of the city. The Mosque's structure has undergone many changes since it was originally built by Kuching's Indian Muslim community in the mid 19th century.


Outside view of Indian Mosque.


Photo Above - Masjid Bandar Kuching ( Masjid India - The Indian Mosque) is the oldest in Sarawak


The time for prayers is marked by the sounding of a drum, known locally as the ‘bedok’.(Photo Above) That drum has been in use for 50 over years.

The hidden history of Indian Mosque in Kuching.

Inconspicuously sandwiched between India Street Mall and Gambir Street,  the mosque covered an area of 16,004 square feet.

The mosque was built in 1837 by Indian Muslims from southern India. The originally walls and roof was made of nipah palms. In 1876, belian wood planks replaced the nipah palms walls. The name was changed to Masjid Bandar Kuching in the 1960’s from its original name Masjid India (Masjid Tambi).
Other than the Indian Muslim community, at that time when there was no road transportation yet, the

Malay Muslims from the costal villages also come to the mosque to pray and rest when they come to trade in the city.

In those days when there were no roads to the costal, the villagers travel by boats and would berth their sampans by the river beside Gambir Street wet market  and visit the mosque for prayers. Sometimes, they lodged in the mosque before returning to their villages. To this day, Masjid India provides shelter to tired travellers.

The time for prayers is marked by the sounding of a drum, known locally as the ‘bedok’. That drum has been in use for 50 over years.
Being in the heart of the city, it is a convenient place of worship for Muslims working in the area and shoppers  On a Fridays, the congregation could swells to over 1,000 while on ordinary weekdays some 400 gather for prayers.

The mosque also started the first religious school in Sarawak back in 1940’s. The Madrasah Islamiah remains in operation.

A committee Lembaga Amanah Khairat administrates the Masjid India, and whatever funds collected will be used to maintain the mosque. Funds for maintaining the mosque come from rent collected from 23 neighbouring shops owned mainly by Indian Muslims who sold groceries, spices, cloth and books. Two Chinese shopkeepers also operate their businesses in the area. These family businesses have been handed down through the generations.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Bertuntung or Lighting Fiesta.


Lighting fiesta or better known as 'Bertuntung' which go on through the Syawal period see villages in Kuching,lighted with decorative lamp and traditional lamps.


Children is the most joyful people during the fiesta .Here you see the children preparing to light the traditional lamps.

This fiesta bertuntung  is held with aim of bringing back nostalgic feeling of how Hari Raya was  celebrated in the past.


The villagers would decorated the kampung(Village) and houses with kerosene lamps  and colourful decoration lamps.


Bertuntung  a traditional widely practised by the Malay Muslim community in Sarawak since the colonial era.


This is how the kerosene lamp look like,,,,Selamat Hari Raya.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Walking Down Memory Lane in Sibu.


This building used to be a cinema before I left Sibu 25 years ago.To-day its a shop.


So long ago we didn't have any money to go to the movie,so we did try to see the movie free.This is where the Lido cinema in Sibu and its the Hotel now.I still remember sneaking into the cinema for free movie.


The old Rex Cinema.

Yeah...I miss the old cinema those day 0.50 cents for a movie for front row seat.


Cathay Cinema .Now its Star Cineplex.

Life during school days are full of mischievous fun....Skip class and go to the cinema in school uniform to watch Hindi movie.Those were the days of 60's & 70's.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Bergendang or Bermukun and Joget.



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Among the Malays, Melanaus and Kedayans of Sarawak, the "Bergendang" ceremony is kept very much alive. The photos above(taken this evening) shows a "Bergendang" performance that is held at the Kuching Waterfront. Guess what? Anybody is welcomed to participate in the dancing, young and old. Visitors to Sarawak can pick up the dance steps very quickly. But the real fun begins when the ladies playing the drum ( named " Mak Gendang" = Lady Drummer) and singing the "Pantun" ( a four-line verse poetic message) gets response from the men. The men reply back in pantun-style the message or question embedded in the "Mak Gendang" pantun. Thus this answering and replying of pantuns continue for hours on end. Today the " Bergendang" is very much part of a wedding celebration activity and held mainly during the night in many villages through out Sarawak.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Kuching Waterfront extension.

Photo taken on 21/10/2009.
This evening I took a walk along the Kuching waterfront extension to see for myself what had been done to the waterfront.Reconstruction is almost done.
Photo taken this evening 15/04/2010.
I pleasantly surprised by the beauty of the extension of the waterfront.It is nostalgic for me because this is where the old wet market I use to go.
The old section of water front is from Hotel Margareta until the old court house and the new area is to the Brooke Dockyard.The distance now is more than 2KM .This is good for sweat in the morning and evening.

Friday, January 25, 2008

My Nostalgia for the 1970s & 1990s.

Nostalgia for trip to Taipei Taiwan ..of course this is the first Chinese country I visited and next is Hong Kong.In Taipei I learn sign language automaticly.During 70s maybe 85% Taiwanese did not understand english so the best language is the sign language.Any one out there looking for male model .....for 70s fashion....?????
Nostalgia 70s.......the two gentlemans in the picture is not a Thai policeman...and stripe shirt guys is not a convict..My trip to Southern Thailand visiting my colleague.Tom Yam is my favourite and place Songkla ......
Nostalgia 1970s..Trip to Manila,Philippines.My flight back to MNL-KUL delay for 3 hours due to very bad weather typhoon.
Nostalgia 1990s. Attending courses by Airline in year 1993 at Park Royal Pulau Pinang.Nice beach hotel to stay lucky ...all expenses paid for 7days ..To ladies and gentlemans in the picture if you guys a blogger do contact me for old time sake.

Nostalgia the 1990s.My trip to London ....well !!!! just imagine how kampong guy like myself go to the big city London...just imagine don't know where to go simply use red double decker bus and ask the conductor to stop me at SOHO.Next goodness what the hell I'm doing here.. Is it too early to feel nostalgia for the 1970s,1980s and 1990s?
Apparently not"As the world starts to move faster,you can do period piece of times closer to the present",said Jonathan Levine the director-writer of an adolescent coming-of-age stoy set against the Givliani era in New York.
Well I'm pretty sure the 70s and 90s were characterized by a feeling.