Thursday, May 24, 2012

Lau King Howe Hospital Memorial Museum

I was born at this hospital many years ago. It used to be the only hospital serving the surrounding community in and around my hometown. It stood on a sprawling 10 acres compound housing different single storey buildings serving different puprposes- all connected by a never ending covered walkway, at least that's how it felt like to a little kid.  It was a modern hospital in its time- complete with its own outpatient facility, ICU unit, inhouse dispensary, maternity ward, pediatric ward, mental ward, dental clinic, surgery unit, a morgue, a lab, a kitchen, laundry facilities, staff housing and etc. I remembered visiting my mom here when she was hospitalized for her arthritic knee treatments, my godmother passing away at this hospital when I was 12, going to the dispensary to get medications for my mom, hearing stories about the going ons at the mental ward, etc. All these are memories now as the hospital has moved and on its site now stands a single building displaying items from its glorious days.

Steel labor counter with stirrups- can't imagine having childbirth on here

                                                           Medical equipments
                                Gynecological tools- hasn't changed much since
                                                           More medical tools
                                                              X-ray machine
                                                             Centrifuge machine

                                           I think these were the olden days enemas.
                                                                      Fetal scope
KK tablets- the go to pill when I was little
Pharmacy scales and weights
Every 1st and 2nd graders at our primary school had to go thru the toothbrushing drill at least once. Good training as we're taught how to brush our teeth properly and maintain good oral hygiene. These lessons stuck with me. A visit to the school dentist for annual checkup was a must. I was fearful of these visits as it sometimes involved drilling, cleaning and tooth pulling.
The much feared dental chair- just like the one I used to visit at my primary school's dental clinic.

These were the same equipments used to sterilize the dental tools at the dentist's office.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Foochow Heritage

This is the World Fuzhou Heritage Gallery in Sibu. It's located next door to the Star Mega Mall at Jalan Salim. Very interesting and informative. It taught me the history of the Foochows in Sibu which I was unaware of before. Brings back a lot of childhood memories as well seeing the things that I've not seen in a while. Great place to visit for anyone interested in Foochow culture and heritage.
My mom used to tell me the story of  "3 tools and 3 heads"- scissors for the tailors, cooking knives for the chefs and shavers for the barbers. Those were the tools of trade for many Foochows when they first settled in Sibu from Fuzhou, China a century ago.
This reminded me of the stone mill that my godmother used to grind up rice into rice flour to make "mochi" or glutinous rice dumplings.
                                                                  Old kettles
                                                               Kitchen tools
                                                  Hats, weighing scale, kerosene lights
                           Molds to make rice cake (ba wei), candlestick holders, old style iron
                                               Japanese currency during their WWII occupation
                                                          Wedding gift bearers

                                         Coop to carry chickens as a gift during wedding ceremonies
                                       Tin used to store cookies or dried noodles
                                                         Tofu making board
                                     Rattan chairs- cool and comfortable in the warm climate
Reminds me of the chairs that I used to drag around the house when I was little.
Chair where little girls sat to have their feet bounded to be 3 inches long in the old days.