Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Frame and stockyard


The 2nd Rainforest Fringe Festival that showcasing the beautiful and the best of Sarawak is currently held in Kuching from 6 to 15 July 2018. Last Sunday, we also acted as tourists enjoying the confounding festival around the city.

We started off our lovely Sunday with the delicious kolo mee breakfast in Kim Joo. Then we had a short walk in the quaint and quiet Ewe Hai Lane and saw this quaint frame maker shop.

Apparently some of the shops around here have a small banner hang in front of their shops, introducing the history and nature of business. We found it a good move to promote their stories to the international tourists.

A banner hanging in the front

And while we were busy reading the description on the banner, the owner of the frame maker shop came out to greet us. A friendly 88-year old uncle in white singlet who came from GuangZhou in 1945 to Kuching via Singapore. The same uncle as seen in the banner!

The old uncle could only speak Cantonese but luckily my hubby was fluent in the dialect so both had a wonderful time talking and joking. The uncle was reminiscing on the olden days when he came from China and showing off the timeless newspaper articles on his shop.

The men were cracking a joke

After bidding the uncle farewell, we went to our Sunday service. In the afternoon, we drove to Borneo 744 in Bintawa to visit the first Big Bad Wolf book sale in Kuching.

We have never been to this part of Kuching as it is an industrial area. Blessed the road signs showing the direction, otherwise we would be having a hard time finding Borneo 744.
The stock yard

Used to be a factory or warehouse in the past, now it has turned into an exhibition hall. Still, the feature of the warehouse is there. The place was so lovely with events and crowds. o longer a deserted warehouse in a nowhere land. And even more surprisingly, we found many interesting stuff, and old and vintage there.

We bought a pack from the popcorn truck

Into the warehouse

What to eat, guys?

Used to carry some goods during its day


Container cafe

Wooden window

A drawer

The stock yard as they named it, was a food court on one side of the warehouse. We hang out for few minutes at the food court, admiring the confounding decoration of the place with old, recycled stuff as well as industrial materials. Then we walked over to the other side of the stock yard where the BBW was located.

We came for this sale

Fiction novels


Children books

A part of the Rainforest Fringe Festival, the BBW was packed with mostly parents and children scouting through the books. Not a big display; just bite-sized book sale as it claimed in its advertising materials.

After grabbing few books and paid for them (luckily no long queue at the cashier at that moment), we walked around to check the other arts and culture exhibition.

Made from soda can lids

Soda can lids bra, anyone?

Arts workshop

I love this tapestry

Busy carver

Carved art

Local-made shirts and bags 

Handicrafts of bags, baskets, weaving 

We didn't spent long in Borneo 744 as the weather was very warm in the afternoon and the boys were restless after they got what they want.

After been to here and there that Sunday, we spent the rest of the day at home, hiding away from the scorching July sun. And everyone got new books to read and enjoy.


suituapui said...

My cousin went to the book sale, had to queue for over two hours, she said. Thank you very much.

Twilight Man said...

Hope in future they will bring in more books after seeing the good crowd response in Kuching. I noticed it was not air con but has good ventilation. I wonder why they didn't display the books at non air con warehouse in KL. Maybe our KL crowd is too huge and one would suffocate inside the heat. LOL

I like the creativity of using the soda can lids! So imaginative people.

Somewhere in Singapore said...

The popcorn truck is cute...

reana claire said...

A very bookful and creative day... I like to go to these type of exhibitions..

Phong Hong said...

Very interesting outing you had. I haven't been to BBW sales yet. Sure will buy a lot of books.

Nancy Chan said...

You had a very busy and interesting day! I like to read old newspaper clipping and banners about the shops' history.

mun said...

The Soda can lids clothes won't be comfortable I guess. Must be an adventure for you all to go to a place that you all seldom go to.

IreneC said...

Borneo 744 seems to be a very interesting place. Oh, i miss the Big Bad Wolf sales! They came to Ipoh twice and have not returned since then :(

Libby said...

Nowadays a lot of such container cafes, very interesting.

Books! I love them.

What an interesting outing you and your family had on this day.

Sharon D said...

Omigosh ..what a happening place, Rose. I wish I could have been there! Bright and airy, the makan area begs to be experienced. I love the vintage-looking stuff all around. Such a lovely spot to visit indeed - I can only envy you all the way here in KL.