And Its 2009!
The great news for 2009? My thanks again to Sheila and her team for highlighting my article via email to her about our longhouse at Nanga Beguang Song. It adds to the great start to the New Year 2009.
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I have to admit, when one is spending time with the family, its as if time stood still. Thus there was some delay in updating this blog but it made it through week one of 2009! The countdown and the greeting of the year 2009 by the clan was a meaningful one. It was a traditional get together which my family always organises during the holidays and festivities ~ that spirit of gathering with family members. Though not all of our uncles and aunties were able to make it, we (Mum, Dad, Brother Darren & wife Alice, Sister Deb and hubby Johnady, sia Don, Uncle Umpang & Aunty Lin, cousin Awie and nephews Jason & Justine, Indai Cindy & family) greeted the stroke of midnight with our own activities. Thanks for the SMS greetings from friends. Unfamiliar numbers are are also a norm but Sugar Cane can detect who the well wishers are ~ sometimes his sixth sense always helps in solving many cases courtesy of Horatio Caine's guidance via CSI Miami (I have to admit being a big fan of the CSI especially the one called 'H').
The family get together to welcome the New Year 2009 was indeed a blast (two days before midnight at Furama restaurant, Sibu) - there was dancing, poco-poco, almost everyone sang and even cousins Jason & Justine even tried there vocals
Shania loses her baby tooth
The New Year also brought us back to our longhouse in Nanga Beguang Song. Enroute to the longhouse at Semaram jetty point I was glad to be part of a meaningful event. Shania lost her first baby tooth. She was sitting there minding her own business while I was aiming my camera at her and 'Walla' when she opened her mouth her small baby teeth was on her tongue to the surprise of her cousins. She asked us to keep it under a pillow so that the tooth fairy may take it.
Journey to the longhouse ~ when the boat arrive, it was time to get on and head for our 'kampung' (village). Without any roads heading towards our area, this is the only mode of transport we depend on.
'Welcome to Rumah Richard Nujong' banner greets us at our longhouse jetty - in preparation for a wedding event that was to be held at night
Picnic at Sungai Beguang ~ there was time for a picnic at Sungai Beguang (where the original settlers of the longhouse first started their settlement before moving to the present site) and the family had a swell time at the site. The adventurous journey via longboat which took 20 minutes was an additional treat
When we returned from Nanga Beguang Song, dad brought my brother and me to survey the site of the family farm land which was set to see rapid development as the Tanjung Manis Road is set to pass through it. In contrast with Nanga Beguang Song, the area in Bawang Assan, Sibu is set to benefit with the construction of the Tanjung Manis Highway, and electricity and water supply is already available
Visiting the farm land - getting set to make Sarawak the Rice Bowl of Malaysia. Trying to do something about the longhouse folks economy
Overall it is set to be an exciting 2009 - like I mentioned in the email that was sent to Sheila Rahman of Malay Mail - the impending economic gloom is set to hit us soon and we have to make preparations in our own way. For some, it has affected their livelihood, with the closure of some of our electronic giant like Western Digital at Samajaya, Sarawak. A lot of my friends are set to be without jobs in March 2009. Economists are constantly painting a bleak picture of 2009 which is why we can't just sit still. I remember a book by Robert Schuller which I read during my University days. It gave me strength during my trying moments as an undergrad then ~ its title was "Tough Times Don't Last, But Tough People Do". It won't solve the economy but reading it will help one prepare for the tough times.