Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Bamboo Music Festival at Tamparuli '12

Spent the whole week indoor and sleeping really early the whole week of last week. I wanted to rejuvenate my body and made sure my weekend was freshened. I really disciplined myself. Lights off before 12am, proper meals and minor exercises and stuff. 

So with what good week I had, last Sunday morning, when Morris told me that he’d pick me up at 9am I got up at 6.45am instead! I was well rested, energized and it felt like I could start the day as early as I could.

We decided to spend our Sunday at a bamboo festival in Tamparuli. It's basically an event to celebrate the multipurpose use of the bamboo. Anyway, you guys can check out here for more information. I'm also trying to promote this event for the festival in future :)

Morris suggested having brunch in Tamparuli itself, and we agreed. Morris had his good ol’ Kon Lau Men Char Siew, while I had Kon Lau Men mixed and Aaron Tuaran Mee. After that heavy breakfast, we walked to where the festival was supposed to be. Everything was near so it was all good.

When we reached there – we saw probably the quirkiest game ever. Five bamboo sticks tied together at one end, all spread out, with one dude chucked up there in between all that craziness, which we assumed is supposed to be the "driver" or the person taking charge of whatever that thing was. I was so intrigued by the game, I had to ask around.

The game is called Mimtakayan. Basically you'd have to race up all the way to the finishing line on that ensemble, and all of your teammates have to help each other out by pulling the strings that are tied to the bamboo to a rhythm where you can finally slowly move around lead by the "driver".

The first team to reach the finishing line, wins. Quite frankly, it's almost impossible to even move a couple of metres even, I don't how they do it -_______________-" 


Other than that, we spent the day just roaming around and discovering the bamboo musical shows performed by the school kids from around Sabah in the hall.

I was so fascinated looking at all the bamboo musical instruments I discovered the other day. There were these huge ones where the player literally had to juggle with both of the huge bamboos to craft notes. I mean, look, it nearly covered the boy's face for heaven's sake.

Besides musical shows, they had field games too like "Pertandingan Menyumpit". "Sumpit" is a famous weaponry used by the local natives of Sabah and Sarawak. It is a natural craft, deemed to be made out of only carved woods, shaped and designed in such a way that you get to aim at a specific target. Check out this lady rocking it out. 

All the ladies were nailing it like they've done this their whole life. I mean, they probably have done this their whole life. Right. 

Besides some field games, there was a booth that started breaking on a traditional dance every few minutes; a Dusun Lotud dance called Mongingol to be specific if (I hope I get this correctly). The dance was graceful, the traditional costumes were gorgeous. I really liked it :)

This was actually one of my favourite musical instrument too. Can someone tell me what exactly this instrument is called? I know it before, but I no longer remember it. I tried Googling Bamboo drums but everything else that's not this came out. 

Can't wait to catch next year's. They had the field games and the musical shows simultaneously so we had to miss either one in order to catch the other. Oh well. I hope I'd get to catch more of the quirky field games next time. I wonder what other games out there that use bamboo as their tools.

Heading to Labuan this weekend! Wee! 

Jacqueline Rowena @ Jacqkie.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

So one of us met her soul-mate

There's nothing quite like the feeling of seeing your kindest and most beautiful friend having found her partner in life and wanting to tell everyone about it. I have a lot of amazing people in my life, and Ingrid is fortunately one of the very few that has never gave up on me, and that has showed me how to love and live your life in whatever circumstances. 

She is also one of the strongest person I've ever known in my entire life. She has her fair share of toils and troubles, but never has her smile left her. If there is that one person who truly deserved this much happiness that she's in, it's her. 

Last week we spent most of our days and nights with this beautiful lady. 

We bullied and treated her like princess equally. 

Some friends, no matter how far or near you go, the moment you see each other, nothing changes. It's not in the way you speak, it's not in the content of your story, nothing changes. And these high school friends of mine, are just that. 

Sorry for the bad lighting. She's a million times more gorgeous than she is. 

Good food, good company, good times. Congratulations sweetheart. I love you and will always be there for you :) 

Jacqueline Rowena @ Jacqkie.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Karambunai Lagoon

Every single day I wake up feeling grateful over what beautiful home I have. It is a wholesome place to explore and indulge here in Sabah; we've got the highlands, the sun, the forests and the beautiful friendly creatures surrounding us every single day. This place is everything an explorer could ask for, and it is neatly packed in one place. All you need is time. Time to explore.

Staying on this part of the world means you'd have to be ready to swept away ever so frequently. I have been to amazing new places, really, all, the, time. And every time I do, I feel refreshed, they take/took my breath away all the time. Too many golden views and sceneries that will never be enough when penned down in words, and all that I ever want to do is to bring you to experience it yourself. 

Last week I had a team building event and we were brought to a secluded lagoon in Karambunai. Karambunai is approximately an hour's drive from the city, and it is supposedly a city resort itself. The stretch of Dalit Beach and / or Sepanggar which shares the same sea is so gorgeous, that all it needs is some inhabitants to play with. Seriously, the beach was empty! My colleague smothered himself in sand and was making sand angels all over. 

Be determined enough to look for a spotless pristine waters area and believe you me the day will only do better. My colleagues and I had to undergo some team building event and our prize was the beautiful waters and the friendly waves. After much biting, cramping and scratching, it felt like the perfect reward.

Among other things that we had to do was to "Create Our Home", which was a cute little idea really since we're in hospitality. It gave me an idea of doing the exact same thing when I'm doing a picnic next time. All I probably needed to bring was just a huge cloth and we'd cover over, find some branches and voila we have a roof on top of our head! My colleagues even decorated the place with beautiful falling branches :)

There were so many things to be amazed of. The stretch of greens, the marriage between the old and the new, everything was picture perfect, like it was meant to be as it is.

I'm coming to this lagoon (which will be kept secret for now until I have a proper blogpost to structure with) again for a picnic or two. Until then, please explore Sabah or maybe your own home. With an open mind, you'd be surprised at the depth of things you'll discover :) 

Jacqueline Rowena @ Jacqkie.