Saturday, March 17, 2012

Scenic Sunday/Sunday Bridge: Bintangnor Red Bridge

This is the bridge linking Sarikei & Bintangor which enables a fifteen minutes drive only to reach one town to the other. Francis Chen Posted this on his FB page, and has kindly allowed me to blog it.

Oh for the wonders of social networking.

For 3 years, I was happy blogging and making friends with people all over the world. Last March, I published my book, Diary of a Bereaved Mother. I decided to use Facebook as my marketing tool.

Out of the blue, I got this Facebook message," Are you Miss Chan? I am a student from Kai Chung School."

Miss Chan was a persona I had left in 1975 when I went to Canada. Miss Chan was me during a gap year from High School to when I left. I was Miss Chan in a secondary school in a small town called Binatang. The town may be small, but the respect for teachers is big.

To cut the story short, I started befriending ex students and colleagues. To be honest, because the students too have changed their names, I do not really remember who they are. Except for a group I knew very well before I left.

It's not only our names have changed, even the town has changed her name, it was Binatang for a long time. Binatang is animal, so the town authorities changed it to Bintang, which is bright star. Before I can get used to it, they changed it to Bintangnor. I will have to ask my students what this means.

When I was there, I went back in the weekends in another town Sarikei to my parents place. I could take an express boat shaped like an aeroplane, which plied on the Rejang River, or went by bus. Both these journeys took at least half an hour.

Today, I learn that the express boats are long gone. They have a new bridge which cut the trip to 15 minutes.


Julie said...

Such a saving in time, Ann. And the bridge has an elegant design to it.

I am pleased that teachers are held in high regard in you 'childhood' area. They are not so held here in Australia.

Carol said...

It's a beautiful bridge, Ann. And I enjoyed reading your story. (I am also a bereaved mother and the author of a book published in the USA.)

Tatjana Parkacheva said...

Beautiful bridge.
I like the design.

Regards and best wishes

Ginny Hartzler said...

Times change too much for me, but this bridge is quite pretty!

Ann, Chen Jie Xue 陈洁雪 said...

Francis Chen: No special meaning as far as I know.

Ann, Chen Jie Xue 陈洁雪 said...

Lim Chin Tian There is a Bintangor tree. BTW, isn't Bintangorang a better name for Bintangor people? Orang is BM for people and rang is similar to Hokkien for people too!

Ann, Chen Jie Xue 陈洁雪 said...

Research has been made on Bintangor tree for anti HIV & Cancer..a tropical hardwood tree grown in Western Sarawak

Francis Chen

Louis la Vache said...

«Louis» works on the weekends, so it is often difficult for him to visit those who contribute to Sunday Bridges. Thus, very belatedly, he thanks you for your frequent contributions and hopes that you will join us any Sunday you have a bridge to post!