Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Ocean breeze




Outstation to Sandakan. This time, I wanted to take different shots of Sandakan. Went to Sim-sim water village after meeting. Its NOT a quaint little village u'ol. It's kind of different....a place with old movies ambiance. The houses are built on RC (reinforced concrete) stilts, neatly arranged in linear form. I guess during the old days, everything was built using timber. But nowadays, most of the houses are slowly replaced with modern building materials. I always wonder, how does it feel to live in one of these houses..to sleep at night with the sound of the ocean beneath your bedroom floor. To peep at fishes swimming beneath your wooden floor. Sounds awesome eh...


Snapshots of the Sim-sim water village. I hope my amateur photography skill does justice to the awesome village. These pictures were taken during low tide, otherwise the stilts (kaki rumah), wouldn't show.


A concrete walkway, connects one house from another.

High time to paint these houses kan. If I am the village leader, I would ask them to paint their houses with whimsical colors, (something like in Italy)...baru lah bisai kan!!

Catching lunch?

Amidst the row of houses, a unit was converted to act as a mini seafood market, people will come to buy fresh seafood (straight from the ocean), and adjacent to this a restaurant. It looks shabby but the taste of fresh seafood is out of this world u'ol.


The eatery.

Area used to dry fish - to make salted fish. And the amazing things is - there was hardly any fly and almost no stinking fishy smell. I guess the breeze from the ocean act as a natural "stinking smell and fly buster".

And in contrast, a "mini castle" is under construction not far this water village.

The outstation wouldn't be complete without food, u'ol. Below is a steam bun (pau), which was new to me. They called it a "Quick sand steam bun"...hehehehehhe curiosity kills the cat...I ordered, and was pleasantly surprised when yellow, creamy, custardy "liquid" oozes from the bun...It was soooooo yummy people. The creamy liquid sort of burst in your mouth. The "Lau Pan" said it was made from salted egg yolk with custard. OOOoooooo no wonder...it is so yummy. The "quick sand" pau is now in my list of favorite food in the whole wide world.

I ordered this cake due to its colorful nature. It is some sort of sandwich cake. A layer of egg white and colorful jelly sandwich between 2 sponge cakes. Very whimsical....taste wise, ok...more for eye candy.
Take care u'ol.

7 comments:

Shabbymom said...

wahhh....sapa punya istana tu?...besar jua oh...& tu bun memang nampak enak ya....

whimsical said...

au, memang enak.istana atu si joe bilang rumah org paling kaya di sana konon (tukang pegang usin seseorang "ketua", tapi ia konon inda mau kasi balik usin atu sama si "ketua")si joe bilang lah...

Min said...

Val, interestingnye life kau Val..jealous pulak aku. I always wanted to do more project mgmt things, tapi tak apa la..

The wellies remind me of Pua Choo Kang.. Looks like you're not going to sell your new gadget ye.

fabmom said...

ooh..kreatif juga org Sdk ni buat kuih aa..
mm..memang nyaman usulnya bun atu kan..
kau jua la..pasal makanan..semua nampak sedapp!!

Linda said...

What a fascinating place. It looks like a great place to live as long as there are no storms at sea.

Val Aziz said...

My Late grandma lived in a water village in Tg. Aru and I love it. The stilts were made of iron wood..during high tide u can feel the house sway a bit..and at night so nice to sleep wit cool sea breeze and the sound of waves lapping..but u really must not look too close under the house in low tide heheh..not exactly eco-friendly.

whimsical said...

Very pua chu kang kan min the wellies, ada juga i ask if ada color pastel blue or light pink, tapi semua orh tengok i dengan pandangan "apa masalah budak ini?" hehehehe so ambik sajalah color-color yg tak feminine.