Archive for Kuching

Petrol seller

Posted in Watercolors with tags , , , on January 22, 2013 by Francis Jong

>Brand new year with a brand new start. Hope everyone have a good rest and a begin the year with a fresh start. chinese New Year is just around the corner, wish everyone have a great snake year ahead and farewell to the dragon, it’s a good ride indeed, bumpy but still manage.

This is a painting i did during last year December, we went back to Kuching for christmas. So we did make a trip Grandma old house at Samarahan. Nothing much left of the old house, overgrown with bush and sort, only the rusted zink roof can be seen, hide behind those banana trees. See picture below.

old house

while on the way back saw a few small stalls selling fuel for motorbike. What caught my eyes is the pepsi, coke or sprite bottle used as storage for the volatile fuel. Kinda dangerous but what the heck, i guess business sense rule all other senses, include common sense. I was wondering what happen if the biker cigarette burning aches just somehow blown and contact with the fuel. Unthinkable.

Hope you enjoy this painting.

oil vendor


Cha Kueh Vendor

Posted in Watercolors with tags , , , , , , , on December 31, 2012 by Francis Jong

Since this is going to be the last day of the year 2012 and humanity did not end on the 21st Dec, so i think i will just continue to post and life goes on. Just like to wish all my readers a wonderful New Year celebration, be safe and have fun and hope next year is even more amazing for you.

This is a Cha Kueh vendor, he normally works on a trishaw and parks at street corner or at hawker centre. The Cha Kueh (meaning fry cake in chinese Teochew dialect) is actually stir frying little square shape of soft white carrot cake with garlic and egg. you could order it either spicy or sweet. Very delicious, it’s a chinese Teochew delicacy and usually it’s eaten as breakfast. It can be found almost in any part of Malaysia and Singapore. The big “Wok” (saucer pan) is where the magic happen, mixing all the ingredients with a good fire, in a matter of minutes it’s done. The smell is just mouth-watering.

cha kueh vendor

Noodle Vendor

Posted in Watercolors with tags , , , , , on September 24, 2012 by Francis Jong

It’s been a while now since my last trip going back to hometown, Kuching and taste the wonderful food. A while back i did took some picture of the old Carpenter street and its famous noodle store “Min Joo”, i think they have changed their name to “next cafe”. The old lady is still at helm to cook and prepare the pork soup and noodle. I’ve been eating the noodle and pork soup way back, since secondary school days. The taste till today still the same thanks to the dedication. Even the people who serve at the shop still are of the same bunch, talk about family unity.

Ok, about the food, the dish consist of two bowl. One bowl consist of just dry noodle (just plain noodle with garnish) and another is a pork soup bowl (fill with pork belly, liver, intestine, fish ball and of cause the soup), warm and welcome, just like the Kuching City.

Hope you like this painting, the leading lady still hard at work, always cooking and always stirring the big, hot boiler. Thanks for the wonderful memories and good food.

Chinese Temple

Posted in Watercolors with tags , , , on February 7, 2010 by Francis Jong

We are into the chinese new year mode now, same day next week will be the new year celebration. Everyone getting ready for a long holiday and shopping malls are pack with shopper buying last minute supplies for the celebration. As for our brothers whom are non chinese, well they are also busy as this is also a national holiday so everyone have plans to go somewhere with family. I just wanted to wish everyone to have a great holiday and while on the road drive safely please.

The painting below shows a very old chinese temple (Tua Pek Kong) located just next to the Sarawak River. Every year, this temple will be filled with well wishes from all over the city praying for a better fortune and health for the coming year (This year will be the year of the Tiger). Burning of stick of incense will be seen all over the temple especially heavy during the 9th day of new year as this will be the start of the Hokkian new year. Hope i can captured the image before going back to Kuala Lumpur.

Hope you like this painting may the coming year of the Tiger bring good fortune, better health and abundent of happiness to everyone.

The Old Boat Man

Posted in Watercolors with tags , , , , , on February 1, 2010 by Francis Jong

Another familiar sights for those living at Kuching. He is the boat man whom tirelessly steered the small sampan that travel between the Sarawak river. In the olden days, they are as crucial as the common public transport such as buses or taxi that connects school children or working people to their destination. This is especially true for those who lived at river banks. Nowadays he is mostly a tourist attraction. It’s still quite an experience to ride on this low-lying sampan with your hand just inches aways from the river, a totally different perspective sitting in this small sampan and watched the busy scene of the city. This days all the sampan are equiped with small motor, if you notice carefully there is a string on the roof of the boat which connects to the rear motor. Just need to yank and the motor will stop or reduce speed or vise versa. The two paddle are for steering the boat toward the destination. Only RM1.00 for each ride. Like most of Kuching old trades, this is also a disappearing sights. Fewer and fewer offered such service and soon disappeared with the old man.

Time for ais cream

Posted in Watercolors with tags , , on January 12, 2010 by Francis Jong

This is a painting of one of the oldest existing ice cream parlor in Kuching City. Since my primary school (1970s)days it was already there serving faboulus soft vanila ice cream, not icy or sweet. Just soft, creamy and smooth.

There are also famous for it’s home made bread. One of their all time favourite would be ice cream tuck in between two slice of bread, the benana split and vanila with peanuts. They are all irrisistable and that is why there is always people queing at the store. Hope you enjoy this painting.

I have done some sketches of me and my friend eating at this shop Link.

Gambier Old Market place

Posted in Watercolors with tags , , , , , , on October 7, 2009 by Francis Jong

This is a picture taken from the old Gambier market place. This is an angle taken from the Sarawak river looking at the market place. Soon this nostalgic location will become memories to most of the older Kuching folks as it’s paving the way for new construction. I try to capture the dark interior of the market with the contrast of the elongated florescence tube and of course the reflection from the market and the building near by. Mind you, the river is brownish in colour something like english tea mix with milk. As with most market places especially nearby a river,rubbish is a sight to behold. Well, hope you like the painting.

Kuching walf pic

Kuching walf pic-closeup