The watch shop in Sungai Lembing

The only shop open in Sungai Lembing that didn’t sell food nor repair bikes, was Mr Yap Yoon Nan’s watch shop.

Sungai Lembing watch shop - Yap Yoon Nan

We stayed in Sungai Lembing during a non-peak period weekday. When the weekend tourists were gone, time stood still in this sleepy town, just like this man with his watches and clocks.

Sungai Lembing watch shop - owner Mr Yap

Mr Yap had a small display of clocks and watches for sale, some classic looking pieces that are quickly snapped up by discerning tourists.

Sungai Lembing watch shop - display

My Singaporean friend took home a retro gold watch that did not cost too much.

No currency exchange rates jokes here please, it hurts. #toosoon

Sungai Lembing watch shop - putting on a watch

Sungai Lembing watch shop - Yap sells watches

Many years ago, Yap laboured in the Sungai Lembing mines. He started repairing watches in the 1960s, and with money saved up from mining work, he started this watch shop that bears his name, where he still works full-time.

Sungai Lembing watch shop - ready to work

Sungai Lembing watch shop - fixing a watch strap

Sungai Lembing watch shop - getting details right

Sungai Lembing watch shop - wall of clocks

Mr Yap will be 85 years old in 2017. I hope he’s in good health.



  1. Mr Yap’s shirt is pretty awesome too

  2. I had a similar looking eye cup thingy as Mr.Yap, it was for eye drips :/
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  3. Your post remind me to drop by and say HI to him..
    Been busy lately to walk around the town whenever I make the trip back home.
    Still remember my dad bought my watch from his shop when I was in primary school.
    The only shop in town to get battery change for our watch as well.

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