The only shop open in Sungai Lembing that didn’t sell food nor repair bikes, was Mr Yap Yoon Nan’s watch shop.
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.
Mr Yap had a small display of clocks and watches for sale, some classic looking pieces that are quickly snapped up by discerning tourists.
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
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.
Mr Yap will be 85 years old in 2017. I hope he’s in good health.