Gotta stop…

Last week, when school was closing for the holidays, I had to drive all the way to pick my daughter from her school in Selangau and bring her home so I grabbed the opportunity to stop by the market in that little town along the way as the previous weekend, I wanted to buy some of the exotic meat usually available there but there was none that day.

One thing that impressed me a lot at the market was the public toilet there…

SPT 1
*20 sen per entry*

For one thing, it was really very clean – no smell at all which would be more than what I can say about many of the toilets in the big towns and cities in the country.

The other thing would be the fact that everytime I went, there would not be anybody holding the fort but amazingly, everyone using the toilet would leave the money on the counter and even the money in the basket could be left there just like that…

SPT 2

I do not think it would be there for long if it had been one of the toilets in those bigger places.

Well, I did manage to get hold of some of the meat that day so I was able to cook it and give to papakucing for him to enjoy…

BH masak kicap

This one is slow-cooked with soy sauce, garlic, pepper and sugar added. I did not cook the soup one as it would be hard to bring when travelling by air. That will just have to wait till the next time he comes over to Sibu, I’m afraid.

While I was in the town, I did stroll around to have a look at the stalls where they were selling all the ethnic handicrafts…and also those sold by the ladies sitting along the pavement outside the shops. Normally, you would not get to see them but the Gawai Dayak Festival was coming, so there were quite a few around. I bought this miniature ajat

ajat

– their traditional basket/backpack usually made of rattan but this one was made using beads. I thought it looked very nice and could not resist grabbing one and taking it home.

I also saw these bead necklaces…

Necklace

– I’ve long admired those traditional beads of the ethnic races and I’m sure many would agree with me when I say that they do look very pretty. There are those made with genuine antique ethnic beads but those would cost an arm or a leg – these are a lot cheaper…and never mind that it is not the real thing, I still feel that they look really great.

I don’t know how much they’re selling these things in the souvenir shops in the town…

Ethnic handicrafts

…but as far as I’m concerned, it does not really matter. I have the feeling that not many people would stop and buy these nice things from them so I hope in some small way, I had contributed a bit towards their celebration of the auspicious occasion.

When I was at Melissa’s school, I saw these bamboo tubes…

Bamboo

…that someone had got ready probably to cook the lemang or the pansuh for the feasting and merry-making in the longhouse on the eve which, incidentally, is tonight…as they herald the coming of the Gawai Dayak Festival Day that falls on the 1st of June.

Well, I guess it is only right and fitting to end this post by wishing all my friends and readers celebrating the Pesta Kamatan, the Harvest Festival in Sabah, today…and all those celebrating the Gawai Dayak Festival tomorrow, Selamat Hari Keamatan and Selamat Hari Gawai. Cheers!!!