Day 8 From Sarikei town (last photo), we split into two groups. My group set off to Saratok(1 hour fr Sarikei), covering the Iban community while miak-miak stayed at Sarikei for Chinese respondents. Saratok is a small town occupied by mostly Iban community.The way up to Saratok was all involved in the Pan-Borneo Highway construction as in the 3rd picture. I believe it affects much of the ecosystem as well as local people's livelihood. We visited Rumah Panjai Thomas. What amazed me more today about Sarawak, again on her harmonious society is that a single ethic represented by one longhouse can be made up of many belief systems. If you notice the 6th picture, I found it on one of the 20plus doors in this longhouse. Their are stickers of Jesus, also a Ba Guamirror and a piece of charms(Ba-Gua mirror is a octagonal mirror that believed to chase away bad luck, people usually hang it outside the house or door to reflect away the bad luck so that it wont enter the house).Both of this were given by their Chinese friends.Tuai Rumah's wife, also showed me a piece of charms that she keeps. She said they believe it can help in eliminate the bad luck according to the Manang Cina. Manang in iban means traditional doctor. On the other hand, some door are still praticing traditional Iban adat like in the 5th photo. They are all living under one root!When I showed this to miak, he told me his family does the same thing too despite they are Christian. Now you see how human should show their stand in religion? We are all human, we shall not refrain ourselves from believing what that we believe is no harm to us. By looking at this you see how harmony Sarawak is. There is no right or wrong, as long as our heart is good and kind, god will still love us. As long as we are good in the world now, why shall we fear about afterlife?Live a Life now hooman! say the cats and dogs. Another respondents of mine was an iban security guard from SMK Saratok, I rmb the most on a thing he saidMy children are all still studying, I have to support the government in terms of politic. No need much explain, you think, from the perspective of a people from a democratic society like ours. You think.
200917 Sunshine of the morning in Sarikei🌅
200917 Day 7 of the fieldtrip was extremely tedious to me, personally but am certainly very contented because it was a fruitful one! Given the long distance journey from Sri Aman to Dabok, Betong and arrived Sarikei in 10pm, we were all exhausted. After completing our mission for Chinese community at Simanggang, we moved to Dabok at 1135am. Reached Rumah Panjai Johnathan Ak Tikin, Kampung Rian Batang, Betong at 1pm and start my interview with the headman which lasted 2 hours and 5 minutes. A fruitful discussion(instead of merely a closed-ended interview)is good because I learnt alot from him, even though it really took me a pool of energy and calorie burnt up within that long hour. The headman was very keen to share his opinion and some experience of him looking at the equality of human from all religion. After accomplishing mission in Dabok, we moved up to Pusa, another small distinct made up of Chinese and Malay. There are many bird nest home along the road to pasar Pusa and the local Malay dialect is different too! A river called Batang Lupar is in the end of the road with ferry service to go across the river to the opposite old Pusa kampong area. Initially we decided to have our lunch first but since it was already 530pm, all the food place were closed down. So we continued to cover up Pusa with Malay respondents until 730pm. Interview with a bilal took me 1 hour and 45 minutes, and it was another new experience for me despite it was very tiring with am empty tummy. However, I seem to know a little bit more on the Muslims' perception on certain issues. I also learnt that the term Sunni is less known by the elders because it is a global/academic term. We checked in to Oriental Evermore Hotel at Sarikei, another region in Sarawak at 10pm. Day 7 came to an end with highest level of contentment. Thank you so much Abg Adi from driving us, Sv Fahmi for all the arrangement and photos as well as miak-miak and Abu-Abu. @nick_micky92
190917 Day 7 started early at 9am to cover Chinese respondent from Simanggang (or known as Sri Aman)area. Despite been to this place for several time, it still give me a feeling of ease and old town. My respondent was very keen to answer all the question. Thanks to Bella Yang for having us superb comfy room in Hotel Seri Simanggang as well! While waiting for the miak-miak to finish their interview, the rest of us visit the holly temple. I told Nicky that is Guang Ying, she helps people. Such a peace to be able to learn about all religion without any barrier. The field work goes on after covering up the Simanggang area.
180917 Day 6 We move to Sri Aman today and the way along Serian to Sri Aman are currently under the construction of Pan Borneo Highwat which connects Kuching to Miri. It triggered me to take alot of picture along the road like stone wall contrustion, it is very usual in West Malaysia but this is the first high way in Sarawak. Maybe you should take more of the pictures to show your future generation about this, for I personally believe this is part of the important chapter (process)in Malaysia especially Sarawak's history. Of course it affects the ecosystem at the same time, a huge area of forest are affected ard Sarawak. We arrived Sri Aman at 7pm after some pouring rain. We are all tired but happy because it was a fruitful day for us❤
180917 Day 6 of fieldwork is another blissful experience where I personally learn alot of new things again. Our team was split into two group, my team was obliged to cover Chinese respondents from Padawan area or locally called Batu 10(the idea of Batu or Mile started during the British colonial where Batu 0 starts from the old high court behind Plaza Merdeka and Waterfront Hotel, the bigger number of the mile signifies the furher that particular place from the center of Kuching). Am feeling very happy and satisfied to interview a middle-aged business man who used to take his degree studies in Taiwan and been living there for over 10 years. Being a Buddhist devotee, he was very kind, friendly and sincere in each and every question. I have the longest interview duration with him i.e. 1 hour and 37 minutes but it was certainly a very interesting session! 佛教主张修身，齐家，治国再是平天下。It means we should be a good entity before we could establish a good family and contribute to the country. Alot of knowledge are very general and understood buy somehow many people tend to oversight them. A religion guidance in all aspect of learning process and daily life, 佛教主张大爱与慈悲, why shall we hate or dislike? Why are there disagreement and disharmony? Why we couldn't love with whole heartedly? Btw, am happy too because i was told that I look alike Ruby Lim an actress from Taiwan. You know the feeling? I actually told my mom the same thing when I was in Primary 4 when 还珠格格 was very popular by that time. Well. 💁
170917 Day 5 Covering respondent from Chinese community in Batu 7, Stapok, Pending and Batu Lintang. Context of Kuching or Malaysia? While 916 Malaysia Day was celebrated in the country just two days, not many people seems to truly understand how meaningful of this day in the establishment of Malaysia after the joining of Sarawak and Sabah. Talking to people in Sarawak, like today, make me feel a sense of peace and more contemplation. The people here have very clear vision on the society they want, camaraderie they are having among people from all religion and ethic. Uncle Lim, told me, the value of impression towards certain ethic/religion is different when it comes to East Malaysia and West Malaysia. How can such scenario occur when the concept of 1 Malaysia is expected to prevail among the Malaysian? You think.
160917 Day 4 of fieldwork we covered the Malay respondents in Kuching area. It is a blessing to be given eye-opening opportunity to visit a number of housing area and village within Kuching itself since am not a anak sarawak, for sure i dont have a lot of old school mates here for me to visit their house. But today on this special day I made a few new friends who are also very great respondents. Like I mentioned earlier, it gives a great sense of achievement and satisfaction when I carry out my obligation with full of conscience whereby I manage to ask each and every question to them sincerely. And in return, they are very keen to answer them sincerely too! Thank you so much supervisor Fahmi and many acquaintance like Aishah @theronaroni, Salleh and Ummu. So open-minded, kind and friendly. They are so warm to welcome us to their house and served us whole-hearted. This is Sarawak indeed. ❤Today's visit to area like Petra Jaya, Astana, Kampung Gitak and Satok reminds me on what Sir @kelvnism used to tell me when I was in third year of my degree. He taught me that the poor or low-income family might not only in the rural area, to some extent people in the urban are living a hard life too, given the standard of living is rather higher here. Whenever I visit or passby any places like this in the urban area, I remind myself to think and observe.(btw do not misguided by the 4th picture it is an old dwelling where the owner had built a new one and left the old dwelling at its original site ) Each day ended up with exhaustion but I still feel happy, especially when I know that I did not neglect my obligation.
170917 Day 5 covering Chinese respondents from Batu Lintang, Batu Kawa, Pending and Batu 7. It is a new expererience for us(me) to approach the Chinese people especially on certain issues that might be the reason for them to refuse to be interviewed. Great patience and a positive mind is essentially needed especially for me as the only Chinese in the team, I know I have a larger obligation to play a role. However, we manage to get as many as we can, and as for me am very satisfied with my own performace today because I believe each and every question I ask, when answer sincerely by the respondents, it is a blessing and new learning lession. Btw, no OT for today. Am gonna sleep over tonight after dawn. Piuu.
160917 Learnt something new early rainy morning. Call me a jakun but I do have no idea when I saw the hotel cafeteria's crew working on this while on my way to get @nick_micky92 my vavi adik a cup of tea. Pardon my innocence I asked her kakak tok linut ka? She replied tenderly saying that it is Candle used in hotel especially cafeteria to heat up the food or hot beverage. It lasts around half and hour for each refill. Usually people use in the camp also.I touched it and it was very cold and fluidic. Happy to learn a new thing(at least for me) and she was happy to talk to me as well(I think so ekeke). My browder @meffendee who used to work in hotel Sabah told me that this is called Steno. Very flammable during barbecue. Piuu.
150917 Day 3 at Kampung Tambirat, Muara Tuang. Crossing the river from ferry point to the opposite by ferry. Visiting the Malay community at this village. The low tide in the late evening did not allow us to return by ferry and we we entually went back to Kuching town by road(third last photo). Despite this village is not far away from UNIMAS, but being able to visit the people and talk to them on their opinion om certain issues are definitely a great experience. It brushed up my skills anyway. My night was wrapped up with another session of interview with a law-student who runs his own business at the same time. It was a great time talking to people from different places, age level as well as different life encounter.❤
150917 Day 2 at Kampung Apar and Matang Jaya. Another fieldtrip of the year before ending my Master degree studies(but passion as a researcher shall never fade even after this) it is always opportunity to meet new people, establish new camaraderie with newly-encountered team and local people. The essence of brushing up my observation skill and learning process to interact with people are essentially important. Most importantly, bearing in mind the ethical code whenever I start off one single session of interview for I believe each and every one whom willing to spend their time giving us answers for the sake of our research are especially needed to be respected and given a sense of comfort to attend to us. Being in this field for almost five years, I always remind myself to be humble. Regardless of umpteen time going to field, from the easy level to challenging level, from urban to rural, from land to water, from town to jungle...there is always something for me to learn. Experience is always important, however when in a team, be humble and listen more than speaking more but always feel free to share and give constructive opinion when needed. Be sincere in what you do, you will get double from it. It is a blessing whenever the local people show their appreciation to you for visiting their place.
140917 Missed out the sunrise but still kissed by the morning sunshine. ❤ A kick start for today's fieldwork. ::: For car rental and fetching service, do feel free to contact my brother @meffendee, very cute like me. #businessstillgoingon
140917 Waking up to a piece of ease by the breezy beach before another hectic day in field begins. Day 2 here we go.
130917 Day 1 Setting off to Kampung Rumih and Kampung Stenggang at Bau as well as Kampung Sematan. Traveling for fieldwork all around Sarawak for the next two weeks. For car rental and fetching service do contact my little brother @meffendee ya. Very cute like me. #businessstillgoingon