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.

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!


  1. the thing i hate about not being able to call you is the fact that I dont get good stories like this as soon as it happened! hahaha...

    i remember seeing fireflies as a child, back in my grandparents house. indeed, it was a marvelous sight. as i grow up, i forget about these little wonders.

    often, it takes a tragedy to make us realize of those which we have taken for granted. when was the last time we walked barefoot on grass? when was the last time i listened to the sounds of the waterfall?

    let's go for a picnic when you come back. i miss those days.

  2. Prima Donna was out in KL today too! It was so rounded and bright that it suddenly reminds me of mooncakes and Teresa Teng's song! (moon represent my heart)


    And good luck for the football player selection yea! Am sure u can do it! Gambatte!!!

  3. Anonymous10/5/09 08:11

    WHoa.. that is truly a wonderful experience to be remembered, stored and retrieved anytime when you are back in the city having a cup of tea with your buddies.. About the blacknese.. not to worry too much.. it further helps you to be a true Malaysian.. =)

  4. and they say 'lightning doesn't strike twice' but shipwrecked? maybe more than twice...haha...cool stories...whatever doesn't kill you just make you stronger...c ya on the 29th...

  5. me mucho likes fireflies :)

    its really heartbreaking to read in the news that the ones in K.Selangor are slowly heading towards extinction within the next 6 months or so if they dont do something about it stat!.. sad sad...

  6. good stuff. i hope more of these good things can happen to me as well, just to keep me motivated in the teaching profession. ive heard too much depressing stories from senior-senior sekalian...

  7. woahhh panjangg nye :)
    butaa mata anne bace ,
    how come u have so much idea to post a blog yg panjang mcm neh ha koko teacher ?

  8. And still you tempt me to go to the outdoors! I must say this latest post, not that convincing love :p xx

  9. Trish:
    You have always been the first to hear all the best stories, baby.
    Dont worry.

    Yeah! Teresa Teng's song!

    Suet Yet:
    A true Malaysian?
    DONT WANT!!!
    I'd rather be a pretty Malaysian!

    See you soon, bro!

    Well... Maybe they've migrated here to the amazon.
    They sure are beautiful.
    Would hate to see them gone!

    Dont even think about the future posting because there is nothing you can do to control your situation.
    Just enjoy your time now as a student, bro.

    Hopefully, you'll find more reason to rejoice than to mourn in your future situation...
    I think I have more reason to rejoice than to mourn.

    Well... if you took the time to read & understand it, you might actually find the hidden pleasures that I have placed in it.

    The wonders of being here need no convincing, girl.
    All you need to do is just come and experience it for yourself.

  10. Anonymous13/5/09 20:05

    will try to find the book that you suggested in this blog.

  11. I read an abreveated version of that novel for PMR.
    I'm sure you've done so too yourself.
    Anyway, it is a good read.

  12. Anonymous16/5/09 19:40

    i can see that your love for football never dies . there's just one thing . are boats being used as the main transport in sarawak or that is the inly way for you to get to school .

  13. Many settlements begun along or near bodies of water.
    Over the years, these settlements grow.
    Some become cities & towns while others remain stagnant or empty from immigration.

    Sometimes settlements are too far apart on land to justify the building & maintenance of roads.
    The bodies of water have always been there.
    Why not use it for transportation?

    Most of Sarawak is on land but where I work is not.

    Where I work, the nearest town is far away from major population centres so no roads.
    But there is a large river that connects the town to the rest of Sarawak. The Rajang river.
    Thus, the use of express boats.

    My school is even further in the interior.
    It is situated along a river branching off of the Rajang river. The Katibas river.
    Thus, the use of a long sampan to get to work.

  14. what an adventure!!!!

    did u manage to get any photos? or all stored in the mind? :)

  15. before i went to sabah, my parents brought my siblings and i to Kampung Kuantan, Kuala Selangor to enjoy and witness the 'firefly show'~ we cruised the river using sampans (no engines, mind u...only the kudrat of the boatman). i was mesmerized. it was a great experience.

    i worry wether the next generation will b able to enjoy this priceless 'heritage' in the future.

    ps: the place can also be a romantic getaway~hehe.


  16. Glo:
    It was an adventure indeed!
    No photos coz it was too dark...

    Hard to imagine my school being a romantic getaway!


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