View of 'Pasar Utama' from Jepak Fishing Village
Since back from Kuching last Friday, I find that the weather in Bintulu is very rainy. Even at the point of writing this piece ( time:11.00pm) it is raining heavily outside and winds are strong too. Where the barge is going is the open sea. The two twin roofs of the 'Pasar Utama' are iconic of Bintulu because it represents a Melanau tradisional hat ( 'terendak') worn by men and women when they work in their farms or walk around the village for protection against sun and rain or fish in the open sea. In view of our extreme climate i.e. rainy one moment and hot the next, the conical shape of the roofs is an ideal design for umbrella-like protection against both rain and shine.