Wednesday, May 27

The Impending Cohort 2 Reunion

An old video that will continue to entertain when the days get lonely...

On this coming Saturday, 30 May, we will all be dressed up & gathered into a tiny hall.
This reunion will definitely be an emotional one.
Oh, how I've missed all of you!

I miss...
Nesa & his overblown ego
Guna & his blurr
Shim & his boasting
BB & his overly wise words
Nas & his emoness
Hilmi & his love for boobies
Syahir & his ash crack
Star & his maggi mee
Najib & his free xbox, ps3 & animae
Manan & his big 2
Swan & his scratching
Mien & his boxers
Khairil & his high-pitched ranting
Azhar & his magnet for gays
Herry & his dancing in the dorm
Zaini & his Zippo
Hafis & his bag of bones
Nisa' & her love for my name
Madeline & her lack of exposure
Julli & her sweetness
Indra & her cut-you-to-pieces
Rosyada & her bright smiles
Wanee & her helpfulness
Anne & her big lovely eyes
Alin & her cheer
Norzie & her mushy wushiness
Di & her illusiveness
Tam & her LeeHom
Sayda & her eyeliner
Ainee & her braces
Fa & her heart
Dr Nurasiah & her sacrifices
Dr Lawrence & his loudness
Mr Manoharam & his moustache
Oh, and let's not forget Ah Tak & you know what!!

I'm leaving my school now...
My destination ----> KL

Be seeing you guys soon!
So looking forward to the "Teachers Gone Wild" party & the men-only Cohort 2 dinner.

Friday, May 22

PreGawai Celebration @ SMK Katibas

Last night, I attended my very first Hari Gawai celebration.
It was held in school.
Very interesting!

For those of you who do not know, 'Gawai Dayak' or 'Hari Gawai' means 'Dayak festival'.
'Dayak' is the collective name for all the ethnic groups of Sarawak.
Actual Hari Gawai celebrations begin from 31 May onwards.

My school student demographic is 99.9% Iban.
All the staff are Iban & a majority of the teachers are Iban too.
So it was natural for a dinner to be held to celebrate this wondrous occasion.

The turnout for the Dayak festival dinner was very encouraging.
People of different backgrounds attended & enjoyed the tasty food.

There was kari ayam, nasi pulut, rendang ayam & etc.
Everything tasted so great!

There was also the Iban 'Pansoh' which was
chicken + herbs cooked in bamboo.
The lightly-seasoned chicken pieces were so tender &
melt-in-your-mouth fantastic!

When Iban men get together, it is customary for them to drink.
There are 2 Iban brews.
They are: Ijuk (made from the bark of a plam tree)
& Tuak (made from rice).
They drank Ijuk that night.
Ijuk has a close resemblance to the sweet type of Japanese sake.

The Ibans love Karaoke!
As a new member of the school, I was 'forced' to sing too...
I sang a song in the Iban language & I had no idea what I was saying.
But I must have done something good coz ppl laughed & clapped at my awkward attempts at dangdut.

It was a wonderful event with great food.

I received invitations to longhouses for Hari Gawai but I had to politely decline because I'll be having a blast in KL by then!
But it'll definitely be something to look forward to maybe next year!
=)

Saturday, May 16

It's Teachers' Day?

I was just informed that today is Teachers' Day in Malaysia!
mymy~~ news does arrive very late here!
My district-level Teachers' Day celebration is in 2 weeks time!
hahaha~~ We ulu ppl are very much slower yea?

Anyway, that is certainly something greatly deserved, fellow warriors of the classroom!
A day when you are remembered for all your battles & wars.
A day when you are honoured for taking all the scars & bleeding your blood for the little ones.
A day when you can rest your weary body knowing that there is still something worth fighting for.

May many young warriors rise up in place of those who have fallen or become too old.
May they develop the perseverance & determination necessary for winning difficult wars.
May they be open to wielding different weapons when battles require some creativity.
May they fight for what is right & all that is praiseworthy.

People should view teachers the same way...

Happy Teachers' Day!

Friday, May 8

I was Robinson Crusoe TWICE

I love football. I love it so much, I'm mono-game-us.
It's the only game I play.
If there was a football competition, I'd be sure to join.
Next month, there will be the PSKPP (Pesta Sukan & Kebudayaan Pegawai Pelajaran) & one of the sports events will be, of course, a football tournament.
Trials are held beforehand to give hopefuls the chance to be selected for the Song district team. They will compete against teams from the other districts in Kapit.
Then, select players will play for Kapit division against teams from the other divisions in Sarawak.

The trials happened last Friday afternoon & Saturday morning.
I attended both.
Whether I was selected or not, I don't know yet.
A letter will arrive at my school within the next 2 weeks with a name-list of those selected for the various sports & cultural activities.
If I were to be called up, I shall answer my duty with great pride.
If I were not, then I shall be glad to have tried.
And I will try again & again until my heart ceases to beat passion for football.

Trials were great but I'd like to tell you what happened after...
On Friday, after the trials, we left Song town at sunset in our long boat for the 40 minute ride back to school.
Halfway to a badly needed shower, our engine ceased to function.
All attempts at revival failed.
Our boat started to drift swiftly backwards in pitch black darkness.

Fortunately, our boat brushed against a submerged tree.
Dodging its thick branches, we desperately grabbed for them before our boat crashed into something even worse.
After the boat was securely tied to the tree, the guys went to work on the engine.
It refused to start & it was scorching hot.
I could hear the intense sizzle of water against hot metal when they tried to cool it.

We were stranded in the middle of nowhere in the middle of a dark dark night.
Our band of hungry & sweaty football warriors may have to rough it up until morning.
At this thought, everyone instantly flipped out their cellphones in a desperate attempt to call for assistance.
There was barely any coverage but a call got connected & a new engine was soon on the way.

It was around 8pm.
All we had to do was wait for the replacement engine to arrive.
I felt really dirty so I started to scoop up some water & patiently cleaned my face, arms & legs.
Ahead of me was the riverbank. Behind the riverbank was a thick forest.

Then, something blinked at me.
Oh my god! I was shocked!
Actually, I was delightfully astonished.
It was fireflies who were winking at me from all along the riverbank.
How wonderful! I haven't seen fireflies since I was 12!

After I cleaned off the dirt on my skin, I leaned back and looked up at the vastness of the universe.
It took some time but the bashful stars slowly emerged one by one from their hiding places.
Constellations soon formed & were duly admired.
They stood out in the empty darkness of the universe.

The stars were like little diamonds but they were not the star of the show...
The Prima Donna came out smiling all so brightly from behind the fluffy curtains that had hidden her all this time.
She was perfect, bright, full & round.
Her show was so brilliant it illuminated the whole landscape.

Imagine:
Clear night skies with a full-moon & constellations of stars.
The light of the moon gently and tenderly illuminating the trees.
The tall ones and then the shorter ones.
The river was illuminated too. It was brought to life.
The once black river was now a pleasant yellowish glow revealing its active movement & the sand dunes protruding from it.

What a sight to behold.
It was breathtaking beauty that could never be justified by words.
That night was eye-opening.
From tragedy God revealed creation's beauty.
You will never find a similar sight anywhere near the city.
I got home late that night but I had gladness in my heart.

The next day, after the trials, we left Song for school at midday.
And the engine screwed up AGAIN!
Mind you last night's engine was sent to the shop. This one was perfectly fine!
It was hiccuping & had to be fixed.

We were in the middle of the river in the middle of the day!
While the driver was working on the engine, the sun was working too.
Today's delicacy was prepared in a slow cooker with microwaves & intense heat.
It took 30 minutes to get the engine running properly.
It took another 30 minutes to get to school.
I am no longer Chinese. I am now a Blackenese!

Last weekend, I was shipwrecked not once... but TWICE!
Guess which novel this reminds me of?

Yup, you guessed it!
It was the first thing that came to mind on that moonlit night.
It brought a smile to me face because, at that moment, I felt like such a nerd.
My adventure was one that shall never be forgot!

Tuesday, May 5

I Love Them Piggies

**WARNING: THIS POST IS NON-HALAL. THE IMAGES CONTAINED HEREIN MAY TRIGGER UNHEALTHY DESIRES.**

There is a mega sale on pork meat at the moment.
It's a supply & demand thing. The supply is currently more than the demand.
Many aunties have been avoiding pork for fear of bringing home the H1N1 virus (also known as the infamous 'swine flu').
Well, I am here to tell you that your favourite meat, pork, is SAFE.

The H1N1 flu is just like any other flu. It is transmitted through contact.
And in this case, the H1N1 flu is transmitted from Human to Human contact.
I repeat HUMAN TO HUMAN.
Your fellow man is more dangerous than a piece of tender steaming flesh.

The H1N1 flu can also be prevented just like any other type of flu.
Have good personal hygiene & avoid places with a lot of people.
And especially avoid Mexico, NZ & any other country with reported swine flu cases.
There is no way that a dead piece of meat can ever infect you.

Click here for more on the H1N1 flu:
Columbia University Health Services
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
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Here is some graphic motivation to get you inspired for a carnivorous hunt for pork!
Indulge away!

taken from seriouseats.com
Char Siu - the indisputable best of the best

taken from umami.typepad.com
Siu Yuk - an all time favourite

taken from harinair.wordpress.com
Dim Sum - the pork sushi

Char Siu Pao - soft & steamy with char siu inside!

taken from hipfood.wordpress.com
Siu Pao - crispy char siu filled tarts

taken from noobcook.com
Bak Kut Teh - the broth of champions

taken from rasamalaysia.com
Bak Kua - did you know that the best in the world is Malaysian?

taken from hubpages.com
Pork Ribs - sweet juicy meat off the bone

taken from mackmeats.com
Pork Roast - nothing hits the spot quite like it

Will I be awarded by the Malaysian Chamber of Pork Products for reconciling people with pork?
If you really exist, let me tell you that I don't need money, medals or publicity...
A lifetime supply of 'Char Siu' is more than good enough to make me very very happy!
=)

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