Sri Aman Jottings
Its been almost a week I served Sri Aman and things are beginning to pick up. Apart from the regular official functions that appear in my list of calender duties one major event coming up next month of 2 August will be the Youth Gathering 2008 (Perhimpunan Belia 2008)that will feature a lot of exciting events for those in Sri Aman and those in the vicinity.
My home in Desa Indah: the front porch fits just nicely for my reliable mean machine
The design of the house parking lot requires you to have something shorter than a Sedan Car. Get something longer than that and you will have to leave your gate open when you park your vehicle
Fitting the house with the simple furnitures - I got this plastic cupboard which costs RM23. Its quite a bargain (you may think) until you try to load your clothes in it. The 'iron' rods or whatever metal its made of tend to bend if something heavy is loaded. The hanging rod bends to just 5 kg of load
The family did come and the house was abuzz with activity as the house blessing ceremony led by my ever knowledgeable grandma who supervised the 'miring' ceremony.
Family from Sibu, Song and Kuching drops by for the house warming
Grandma introducing the Song tuak to our Sri Aman relatives while Ucle Edwin performs the blessing with the chicken while Unlce Richard and Uncle Solomon assists him
The piring for the house blessing ~ I have to say that our Sri Amanian relatives and guests invited to the miring ceremony have forgotten how to perform this as they say its been a while since they practiced the miring ~ hmmm...something for me to ponder on.
After the miring the party started with all the dishes being prepared for our guests
Amongst the guests included Mr. Alex Anging, the house owner, who brought his family also
The men's corner has its own menu of things to talk about
The kids corner - they had their own version of house warming with thier Playstation
The ladies corner ~ equally interesting topics were discussed including the latest gossips
The cook's Corner ~ the compound was large enough for the cooks to exhibit their cooking skills
The drinks corner ~ something new to get to used in Sri Aman. The potent ijok drink which knocked me out after two glasses. Here Apai Rubis offers Mr. Engkabang, the Sri Aman Information Officer (being an Iban Song himself) a glass of Ijok made in Lubok Antu
One of the challenges I do have to bear is the occassional lack of water supply in the Desa Indah area when the pressue is low in the evenings. In addition to that, the Desa Indah does not have any connection to the Worldwide Web. A visit to TM Point with a view to register a phone line was also disappointing when thier personnel at the counter informed me that Telekom does not have any plans in the near future to provide the fixed line service or Streamyx to the Desa Indah area. I am rather surprised as this housing area is densely populated and it sure defeats the purpose of having the one family one computer campaign. One can argue that the campaign does not necessary mean one family one computer connected to the Internet. Anyway my argument would be that the people living in this part would be classified as 'information and knowledge' poor - its a technical form of poverty in a way. Gosh - here I am a Cyberwarrior without a Cyberspace to surf. Its like a surfer and his surfboard without a wave to ride. Even 3G or 3Gx has not reach Sri Aman. This sucks big time.